The Arab Spring: Getting It Right

Democracy in the Arab World:
The Arab Spring: 
Getting It Right
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The Arab Spring: Getting It Right
Dear All:

Join us for our 13th Annual Conference on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Marriott Gateway Hotel, in Crystal City, VA, bringing together some of the best scholars, experts, practitioners, and policy makers from the US and the Muslim World.  REGISTER NOW.  Early Registration ends on April 15th.

13th Annual Conference
The Arab Spring:
Getting It Right
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Marriott Gateway Crystal City
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202 USA



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8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.             Registration                  
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.             Opening Statements

·       Dr. Tamara Sonn, Chair, Program Committee
·       Dr. Radwan Masmoudi, CSID President

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                  Panel 1

Getting It Right I: 
Elements of Successful Democratic Transitions

(Moderated Roundtable)

Chair: Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University

·       Steven Heydemann, U.S. Institute of Peace

·       Jason Gluck, U.S. Institute of Peace

·       Alfred Stepan, Columbia University

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         Panel 2


The Arab Spring: 
Regional and Global Impacts
Chair:  Tamara Sonn, College of William & Mary


·  Religion and the Arab Spring:  Global Context and Implications – Brian Grim, Pew Research Center

·  Changing Regional Politics – Marc Lynch, George Washington University

·  A View from Syria – Radwan Ziadeh, Syrian National Council; Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University

·  A View from the Gulf – Caryle Murphy, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

·  Arab Spring and Its Effects on Regional Alignments – Aylin Unver Noi, Gedik University, Turkey


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.         Keynote Luncheon

Future Prospects for Islam & Democracy After The Arab Spring

Keynote Speakers:

Carl Gershman
President, National Endowment for Democracy

Hamadi Jebali
Prime Minister of Tunisia

Congressman Keith Ellison
First Muslim Representative in Congress

Presentation of the Muslim Democrat of Year Award
Rached Ghannouchi



2:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.        Panel 3


Getting It Right II: 
Islam and Democratic Transitions

Chair: Asma Afsaruddin, Indiana University

·   Islam and Democracy in the 21st Century:  Beyond Old Debates – John Voll, Georgetown University

·   Islam and Democratization in the Context of the Arab Spring  – Jocelyne Cesari, National Defense University

·   Youth Civic Engagement in the Arab Region:  An Analysis of Drivers and Outcomes – Jon Kurtz, Mercy Corps

·   Islamists in Power:  How Will Islamists Operate in a Democratic Context?  Egypt as a Case Study – Khalil al-Anani, Durham University

·   Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Islamic Centrism, and an Emerging Fiqh of Citizenship  – David Warren, University Manchester

·   Ten Promising Trends in the Middle East’s New Human Rights Landscape   – Shadi Mokhtari, American University

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        Break

4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.        Panel 4


Challenges Faced by Specific Countries

Chair: Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


·   Algeria, the Arab Spring, and the Waving of Islamism’s ‘Red Flag’:  Prospects for a Genuine Change in Algeria – Anwar Haddam, Movement for Liberty and Social Justice (Algeria)

·   Serve or Rule:  Egyptian Security Sector and the Much-Needed Reform  – Marija Marovic, Balkan Center for the Middle East, Serbia

·   Tunisia’s Economic Challenges – Seth Rau, Tufts University

·   Post-War Transitions in Syria – Daniel Serwer, Johns Hopkins University


5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.         Concluding Keynote

How Can the US and the International Community Support Arab Democracy?

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Senator John Kerry 
Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senate

Mohamed Salah Tekaya
Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States

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Where & When
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Marriott Gateway Crystal City
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202 USA

Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
1625 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC, 20036

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Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network), and BRLN (Bangsamoro Research and Legal Network). He works on interdisciplinary research between Islam and International Relations and explores the Bangsamoro society as he heads the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) of the Bangsamoro Parliament. Visit for more details.