Monthly Archives: October 2012

RESCHEDULED to NOV. 6: Rami Khouri, “From Dictatorships and ‘Security Regimes’ to People Power, Good Governance, and the Rights of Citizens”


  1. The Arab Spring Still Bloomsby Moncef Marzouki
  2. Fear and Loathing in the Emiratesby Christopher Davidson
  3. All the King’s Islamistsby Maati Monjib
  4. This Is Not a Revolutionby Hussein Agha & Robert Malley
  5. Kuwait Youth Emerge as a Force in Protests Against the Stateby Rima Baghdadi
  6. Libya’s Constitutional Twilight, by Carmen Geha & Gilbert Doumit
  7. Kuwait Enters an Uncertain and More Violent Era, by David Roberts
  8. Egypt’s Constituent Assembly: Contempt and Counterrevolution, by Paul Sedra
  9. A Boiling Kettle:Kuwait’s Escalating Political Crisis, by Fahed Al-Sumait
  10. The Arab Spring and the Balance of Power in the Middle East, by Kayhan Barzegar

October 23, 2012: The Uprising in Bahrain and the Search for Democracy in an Arab Monarchy


Nada Alwadi is a Bahraini journalist, writer and researcher.  She has been working in print media since 2003 covering politics and human rights issues in Bahrain and the Middle East. Alwadi covered the recent crackdown in Bahrain for several international media outlets including USA Today. In 2011, she was one of the recipients for the first James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Alwadi co-founded the Bahraini Press Association with other prominent Bahraini journalists last year. This Association focuses on defending local and international journalists who have been attacked or targeted by the Bahraini authorities.


Matar Matar is a former MP of Al Wefaq, the opposition party in Bahrain. Along with 17 other opposition MPs, he resigned in protest against government crackdowns on demonstrators in early 2011. Following his resignation from Parliament, Matar was detained for three months and prosecuted for taking part in “unlawful” anti-government protests. Matar was eventually acquitted, and no government officials have yet been held accountable for his ill-treatment in prison. Matar supports a gradual transition to democracy in Bahrain with a clear road map facilitated by regional and international actors.


  1. Bahrain Deteriorating, by Brian Dooley
  2. Slouching Toward Democracy, by Vanessa Tucker
  3. Bahrain: We Take Human Rights Violation Seriously, by Fahad A. Albinali
  4. UK Struggles to Balance Ties with Gulf Arabs, by Frank Gardner
  5. Bahrain Profile: A Chronology of Key Events (note: the timeline on Bahrain protests begins at 2011 February) 


  1. The US and the New Middle East: The Gulf
  2. Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark (WARNING: the first 10 minutes present graphic images of people injured and killed by the Bahraini police)

Oct. 09, 2012: Syria’s tragedy

The tragedy of Syria and the U.S. response: from Arab Spring to Civil war.  We will look inside Syrian politics and society as well as outside Syria, to see the impact of the Syrian tragedy on neighboring states, especially Turkey and Jordan.


  1. Syria’s Long War, by Patrick Seale
  2. The Shredded Tapestry: The State of Syria Today, by Ammar Abdulhamid
  3. Call for a Cease Fire as Starting Point of a Political Process, by Wilhelm Langthaler
  4. Syria Inaction Could Ignite a Fragile Region, by Sinan Ülgen
  5. The Damascus Strategy: A Sober Reassessment?, by Marc Pierini