The Soufan Center (TSC) has released a report authored by Rami G. Khouri, “The Decade of Defiance & Resistance: Reflections on Arab Revolutionary Uprisings and Responses from 2010 – 2020.” This is the first paper in the new TSC Global Perspectives Series. Mr. Khouri is an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author; Director of Global Engagement, Adjunct Professor of Journalism, and Journalist-in-Residence at the American University of Beirut (AUB); and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. This paper draws extensively on Mr. Khouri’s experience for over fifty years as a journalist and researcher in the Middle East and North Africa, and reflects his research, travels, and interviews with journalists, academics, and activists in the region.
TSC is also pleased to share a conversation with Rami G. Khouri, entitled, “In Conversation with Rami G. Khouri: A Discussion on Protest Movements of the Last Decade in the Middle East and North Africa.” This virtual event features conversations between Mr. Khouri and, respectively, Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Executive Director of The Soufan Center; Dr. Jillian Schwedler, Professor of Political Science at City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center; and Dr. Dalia Fahmy, Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University. These discussions elaborate on many of the issues highlighted in the paper, such as the history, evolution, and demands of the Arab uprisings over the last decade, as well as four snapshots from protest movements in Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Sudan. These conversations were recorded on April 29, 2021.