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Vision Series: Bassam Haddad Discusses the Arab Spring

September 17, 2013

By Justin Lafreniere

Bassam Haddad

Bassam Haddad

With Syria on the forefront of American international relations and Afghanistan and Iraq still hosting members of the armed forces, Bassam Haddad, assistant professor of public and international affairs, will shed light on the tumultuous situation in the Middle East in the first Vision Series lecture of the academic year. The lecture will take place on Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus.

Haddad is the director of the Middle East Studies Program at Mason and a visiting professor at Georgetown University. His lecture, “Understanding the Arab Uprisings and Their Aftermath” will look at the ever-shifting landscape to the east and how the public should make sense of the sweeping changes in governments and power that have affected Libya, Egypt, Syria and other countries. The lecture will focus on breaking down the generalizations that obscure the significant differences between each of the Arab revolutions. The talk will also explore the future possibilities of more uprisings in the region against the newly established governments.

An author and the founding editor of the Arab Studies Journal, Haddad’s work includes the books “Business Networks in Syria: the Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience” and “Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order?” He is currently editing a pedagogical book about how to teach Middle Eastern studies after the Arab Spring uprisings. He was the co-producer and director of the film “About Baghdad,” and he was the executive director of the Arab Studies Institute.

An informal reception with light refreshments will follow the lecture, which will be held in the Center for the Arts. Tickets are not required.