MENA Salon: Revolution in Sudan and Algeria

Workshop | April 26 | 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.

Over the past few weeks, the people of Sudan and Algeria have ousted their leaders after decades of rule, in the hopes of forming more democratic societies. Yet the bloodless ouster of Bouteflika and al-Bashir is the beginning of a long and fraught process. Revolution in Sudan and Algeria can easily evoke comparison to the revolutionary change that swept through the region in 2010 and 2011. Those uprisings, termed the ‘Arab Spring,’ raised hopes of political and economic reform, but, in countries such as Egypt, the army quickly swept in and capitalized on the revolution to widen its power. Now, Egyptians are in the process of voting for constitutional amendments that will extend Sisi’s rule until at least 2024. Sudanese and Algerians have been weary of the military’s involvement and have maintained their ground, demanding civilian rule. During this week’s salon, we will take a comparative approach of revolution to discuss the differences of Sudan and Algeria to the uprisings of 2010 and 2011.

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