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      October 24, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      312 Sutter Street
      San Francisco, California 94108

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      The Reconfiguration of Middle East Security and Politics

      Many Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and even the relatively open country of Tunisia, are experiencing a rise in authoritarianism. Through more radical domestic regimes, governments are targeting minority groups, suppressing public media, and using technology to monitor or control public discourse. This is leading to increased social fragmentation internally and backsliding on progress for civil society in many of these countries, according to Nancy Okail, Executive Director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Western countries have met many of these changes with indifference or have turned a blind eye, which only serves to further normalize authoritarianism in the Middle East, suggests Dr. Okail. At the international level there is little support for civil society coupled with a gap in moral leadership, specifically from the United States and Europe. Any coordinated global effort to improve living conditions for those on the ground is far more disjointed and less effective because of this lack of leadership. Dr. Okail will join us to take a wide-ranging look at the reconfiguration of politics and security in the Middle East. She will also explore how the international response has fallen short and what can be done to address issues of oppression and authoritarianism in the region.

      Categories: Politics & Activism

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