The Arab Spring: Root causes and implications – Professor Jamal R. Nassar

Free Public Lecture, Melbourne – 26 June 2012

The Arab Spring did not emerge from nowhere. It had root causes that have been festering for a long time.  These include forces of frustration, forces of humiliation, and forces of anger.

Such forces of change found their outlet of rage through a number of instruments of mobilization that ultimately brought down some governments and are poised to bring down a few more.  Such instruments are enhanced by globalization and technology and include satellite television, cell phones, texting and social media.

The growing sea of change has serious implications not only for the Arabs but also for the region as a whole and for the global community at large.

The success of the Arab Spring is not assured.  What is definite is the fact that region has reached a point of no return.

Speaker: 

Professor Jamal R. Nassar is Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino. Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, Professor Nassar is a leading international authority on the politics of the Middle East. His many publications include such books as Globalization and Terrorism: The Migration of Dreams and Nightmares; Politics and Culture in the Developing World; Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads; The Palestine Liberation Organization: From Armed Struggle to the Declaration of Independence; and Change Without Borders: The Third World at the End of the Twentieth Century.

Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time:  6:30pm – 8:00pm

Venue:  Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University, City Campus (360 Swanston Street) Building 8, Level 2

RSVP:  email: globalcities@rmit.edu.au (The lecture is free but bookings are essential)