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The Arab Spring: 10 Years Later
Steve Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council on Foreign Relations

Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


An Egyptian protester holds his national flag as he shouts slogans against President Hosni Mubarak at Cairo’s Tahrir Square in 2011. Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images

A decade after the Arab Spring began in 2011, where does the Middle East stand today? At the time, the uprisings stunned the world and appeared to ignite a flame of freedom across the Arab world. But what came of the movements?

From an ongoing civil war in Syria to the burgeoning democracy of Tunisia and reemerging protests in the region, the lasting effects of the Arab Spring span a wide range. In the western world, a debate continues as to whether the Arab Spring was a failure, a success, or if perhaps we are still in its midst. Scholar Steven Cook will delve into these questions and more, illuminating the reasons why this debate is important and what it means for U.S. policy.

Steven Cook is the Enri Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is also director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars. His work focuses on Arab and Turkish politics in addition to U.S.-Middle East policy, subjects about which he has written multiple books. Cook is also a columnist at Foreign Policy. He holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Moderated by Joanne Held Cummings
Joanne Held Cummings is an adjunct professor at Baylor University, educating upper-level undergraduates about Middle East dynamics. Ms. Cummings was deputy chief of mission in the Federated States of Micronesia, pol/econ section chief, refugee coordinator, economic section chief, political officer, and consular officer. In the Department of State and in the private sector, she has worked in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Ethiopia, and Micronesia as well as nine years in the private sector working regionally from Morocco through Pakistan. She was was recently the foreign policy advisor to the counter-ISIS coalition  based in Baghdad.

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Fees: Complimentary
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