Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought

25. May 2018: Ibn Rushd Lecture with Salam Kawakibi: Old and New Elites in the Arab World

Elite - what does this term mean in relation to the Arab world in general, and to Syria in particular? How did the traditional elites in the Arab world come into being, and what does that have to do with their behavior in society, and especially during the Arab revolutions? Since the beginning of the Arab revolutions, new elites have emerged. The question is in how far they are able to support and implement democratic change in their societies and countries.

 

In order to find an answer to this question, it is not insignificant to consider the nature of the new elites, and their relationship to the old elites. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these new elites, and how do they affect the success of change in Arab societies toward greater freedom and dignity, of the whole, and of individuals?

 

Lecture in Arabic with simultaneous translation by Dr. Günther Orth. Questions and discussion contributions are also possible in German and English.

Moderation: Cora Josting and Raid Wahiba, Ibn Rushd Fund

Where? Helle Panke, Kopenhagener Str. 76 · 10437 Berlin

When? May 25th 2018, 20:00

Salam Kawakibi is a researcher in Political sciences and international relations and teaches in the Masters programme on Development and Migration at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is the director of the Paris office of the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies. From 2007-2017 he was Deputy Director of Arab Reform Initiative. He is the president of the Initiative for a New Syria, board member of “The Day After” association, and president of the board of trustees of Ettijahat – Independent Culture.

Kawakibi is a leading commentator on political reform in the Arab world. He writes essays, research papers and policy analyses; topics include human rights, civil society, migration, media, North-South relations, and political reform in the Arab World. He holds a DEA in Political Sciences from l'Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-En-Provence, a DEA in International Relations from Aleppo University and a BA in Economy from Aleppo University. Opens external link in new window

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