The Arab Awakening: Governance Lessons for Asia and Beyond
Speaker: David D. Arnold President of The Asia Foundation
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This event is co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, directed by Larry Diamond at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
The recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East represent one of the most dramatic global political developments since the fall of the Berlin Wall. What factors and forces led to the sudden collapse of well-entrenched regimes and the emergence of democratic reform movements across a region long accustomed to hereditary succession and autocratic rule? Does the current upheaval reflect unique circumstances in the Arab World? Or should it be viewed in the wider context of governance issues and challenges that have arisen in Asian and other settings beyond North Africa and the Middle East? As a governance specialist whose international career has spanned Arab and Asian societies, David Arnold will share his insights regarding these questions.