Lecture: "The Arab Uprisings and Political Change in the Middle East." - Melani Cammett

5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
CAS B36, 725 Commonwealth Ave.
In January 2011, Tunisians ousted long-time president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali after a wave of protests--in what became the first successful revolution of the Arab Spring. On October 23, Tunisia held its first free election to the Constituent Assembly. Prof. Cammett will review the Tunisian revolution and compare it to the other Arab uprisings, while commenting on the results of the resent elections.

Melani Cammett is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Brown University. Cammett holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and has consulted for various development policy organizations. She specializes in the political economy of development and the Middle East. Cammett’s second book, Compassionate Communalism? Welfare and Sectarianism in the Middle East, explores the dynamics of sectarianism through the lens of social welfare. Based on extensive research in Lebanon with additional case studies of organizations in Iraq, Palestine and India, the book focuses on social protection in societies with extensive non-state provision of welfare. An article based on this research won the 2011 Alexander L. George Award of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Section of the American Political Science Association.