Workshop: Transitions to Democracy and the Arab Spring


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Transitions to Democracy and the Arab Spring: Are There Lessons from the Latin American Experience for the Middle East?

At the end of the 1970s, the vast majority of governments in Latin America were military dictatorships. By 1990, most had been replaced with elected governments — a dramatic transition to democracy in just over a decade.

Today in the Middle East, pro-democracy protests are unfolding. In Egypt and Tunisia, popular movements have overthrown dictatorships and elections are planned. Does the region hold the same potential as Latin America for democratic transition? Can insights from Latin America be applied to the Middle East?

This workshop featuring experts on Latin America and the Middle East will examine these questions and explore the similarities and differences between the two regions.

Co-sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

For more information, including a schedule of events, please visit the Department of Anthropology site.