This an event was an installment of CCAS’ spring series, “Revolution in the Arab World: The Long View.”
“The Crisis of Authoritarian Rule in North Africa”
Lahouari Addi is currently a professor of Sociology at the Institute of Political Studies, University of Lyon, France. He teaches Political Sociology of the Arab States and Anthropology of the Middle East. He has many publications in French and English related to North African Societies, Political Islam and the process of democratization. He wrote L’Algérie et la démocratie, Les Mutations de la société algérienne, Sociologie et antropologie chez Pierre Bourdieu, Geertz: Culture et Interprétation. His forthcoming book in English is a comparison between Gellner and Geertz about North Africa. He has also publications in the Journal of Democracy, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was a Fullbright Scholar at the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University in 1992 and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2003. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 1997 and at UCLA, Los Angeles in 2007.
Ali Abdullatif Ahmida
‘Why Qaddafi Already Lost and the Ghosts of Libya’s Colonial Past’
Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida is the 2010-2011 Ludcke Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of New England. He was born in Libya and educated at Cairo University in Egypt and the University of Washington in Seattle. His specialty is political theory, comparative politics, and historical sociology of power, agency and anti-colonial resistance in North Africa, especially modern Libya.
He has published major articles in Critique, Arab Future, and International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies.
He is also the author of The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonialization and Resistance (State of New York University Press, 1994). This book has been translated into Arabic and was published in a second edition by the Center of Arab Unity Studies (1998, Beirut, Lebanon).
About the series
The lecture series on ‘Revolution in the Arab World: The Long View’ proposes a variety of interdisciplinary and long-term perspectives on the repercussions of the Revolutions of 2010-2011 for the Arab world and beyond. By addressing the question of “authoritarianism” both as a thematic and regional issue, the series seeks to interrogate two aspects of these momentous and complex events. The first concerns the fluid situations in Tunisia and Egypt where state elites, the military, and emergent non-state actors are struggling to define a new balance of power in the two countries. The second pertains to the wider implications of the Tunisian and Egyptian events, specifically in their challenges to the patterns and operations of Arab authoritarian governments. Among the thematic questions the series aims to examine and address are: the prospects for Tunisian and Egyptian reformers to institutionalize the achievements of their revolutions; the potential for the Tunisian and Egyptian examples to be repeated in other Arab countries; the comparative vulnerability of Arab authoritarian states to similar popular uprisings, and the various counter-strategies they may employ to resist, contain, or co-opt the momentum of the populist protests.