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Busboys & Poets -- DC Internationals Partner to Present "False Dawn" by Steven Cook

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 18:30

DC Internationals MESALI – Busboys and Poets Proudly Present

False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

Lecture and Book Launch By Steven Cook

DC Internationals MESALI Adjunct Professor of Middle East Politics Council on Foreign Relations,  senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW

November 2, 2017 -- 6:30 PM

Limited Capacity, FREE Admission, RSVP Required at registration@dcinternationals.com

A limited number of registered participants are eligible for partial scholarships for the DC Internationals MESALI Winter 2018 course “Comparative Politics of the Middle East”, taught by Adjunct Professor Steven Cook.

More than half a decade after people across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy in the region have all but disappeared in a maelstrom of violence and renewed state repression. Steven A. Cook, DC Internationals MESALI Adjunct Professor of Political Science, author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East and Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains how those moments of empowerment, freedom, and dignity that began in places like Tunisia’s Sidi Bouzid and Egypt’s Tahrir Square turned out differently than most observers expected.

From Chapter 6, “Freedom Interrupted”:

“Looking back, it all seems dream-like. . . . Egypt’s Facebookers and bloggers, Mohammed al- Bouazizi, Khaled Said, Tahrir Square, brave Libyan fighters advancing on Tripoli, the Girl in the Blue Bra, and Gezi Park’s girl in the red dress are of a recent but seemingly distant past—a gauzy sequence of determination, defiance, hope, and activism that has not been extinguished as much as eclipsed by political uncertainty, instability, and at times unspeakable violence.”