DIVISION OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS PH.D ROUNDTABLE
Lunch and refreshments will be served in the DGA Student Lounge, Conklin Hall, Room 240 at 11:30 am. Talk to follow in Conklin Hall, Room 233 at 12:00 pm.
Ph.D. Research Roundtable Talks - These talks are geared toward Ph.D. students, giving them the opportunity to present their ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty, fellow students and guests.
Title: A Comparative Analysis of the Mass Mobilizations and Collective
Discontent (The Caravan of Change) of Yemen, Syria and Bahrain in the
Middle-East and Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in North Africa(MENA)
Recent political events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) emerged
to be one of the most interesting paradigm shifts for a region widely
known for its tradition and culture deeply embedded across its governance
architectures. Traditionally, this part of our world has been known for
its Geo-strategic importance, its economics of oil, and its cultural
tradition of Islam.
Whilst Islam is the predominant religion, there are also fragments of
Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Coptic s Eastern Orthodox, Druze and
others. Yet, one of the most powerful models of political evolutions, one
driven by non-violent- peaceful protest on one hand , and one by the
strategic use of violence- emerged in the region as a historic anecdote
in contemporary political thought.
The dissertation approaches Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in North Africa and
Yemen, Bahrain and Syria in the Middle East with these comparative
questions and objectives in mind. The central theme of the dissertation is
to generate theoretical and practical inferences between the two regions,
whilst looking at the origins/ causes, the violent and non-violent nature,
the societal and institutional factors, the international response and the
role of social media in the mass mobilizations and collective discontent