MENA Salon: Uprisings in Iraq

Workshop | December 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Since 1 October, protests have erupted across southern and central Iraq. Calling for an end of the political system that was established after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, demonstrators are fed up with political corruption, high unemployment rates, and the lack of basic services like potable drinking water and electricity. More than four hundred Iraqis have been killed by security forces since the uprising began. How does the current political landscape of Iraq impact where protests are taking place and where they are not? Why are these protests different than others in central and southern Iraq in recent years? Join us at this week’s Salon as we discuss the ongoing protests in Iraq.

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