Book discussion on “Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat” with I. William Zartman on May 3, 2016


A book discussion and signing of “Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat” with book editor I. William Zartman. The book talk is hosted by the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Conflict Management Program of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

The book includes country-specific case studies of uprisings in the Arab world and the still unfolding political aftermaths. The contributors analyze a range of issues and events—including civil disobedience and strikes, mass demonstrations and nonviolent protest, and peaceful negotiation and armed rebellion—and contextualize their findings within previous struggles, both within and outside the Middle East. The Arab countries discussed include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. The essayists also explore the challenges of uprisers and emerging governments in building a new state on the ruins of a liberated state; the negotiations that lead either to sustainable democracy or sectarian violence; and coalition building between former political and military adversaries.


I. William Zartman
Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Allen Keiswetter
Scholar, Middle East Institute

Ellen Laipson
Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center

Moderated by Daniel Serwer
Conflict Management Program Director, Johns Hopkins SAIS


4:30-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036


The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press may RSVP through the online registration form.

Media Contact

Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 (office)
202.853.7983 (mobile) 

About the Author

I. William Zartman is Jacob Blaustein Professor Emeritus of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Zartman is the former president of the Middle East Studies Association and of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies. He has written, edited, or coedited nearly two dozen books, including Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion (Georgia).



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