|March 10, 2011|
|7:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
The next NY Salon will be a discussion introduced by Nick Frayn – Freedom & Democracy: Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya…
This is not a walk-in event. You must RSVP to attend. Spaces are limited so please let me know if you wish to attend and if you wish to bring a guest.
The Egyptian revolution appears to have ushered in a new era of international politics. Most immediately the decisive acts of the Egyptian people appear to have stirred their neighbors across the Arab world, and a number of regimes look unsteady in the face of a popular mobilization unseen in the region for a generation. The reverberations of Mubarak’s fall have also been felt across Africa, in China, and even in Wisconsin, where public sector workers on recent demonstrations carried placards inspired by the protestors in Tahrir. Meanwhile, Western governments have been embarrassed by their relationships with the discredited regimes, confused in their response, and at critical moments have failed to stand up firmly in support of freedom.
This Salon will examine the historical significance of these uprisings and the many questions raised by recent events. For example:
- What made the images from Tahrir so inspirational?
- Why are protestors in Wisconsin emulating them?
- Have we entered a new era of mass political engagement and a reinvigoration of democratic ideals?
- Why are so many media commentators so apprehensive about recent events?
There are no set readings for the discussion but I encourage you to read as widely as possible. If you come across media coverage you consider particularly insightful please let me know.