Revolutions well begun, half done: Eyewitnesses to the North African Spring


Tue, 05/01/2012 - 12:00pm to Fri, 08/12/2022 - 8:49pm

Two speakers, each one a director of an AIMS* overseas research center, will offer a North African perspective on the Arab Spring.

Dr. Laryssa Chomiak will speak about Tunisia. Her talk is "Tunisian civil society after the Arab Spring." Dr. Robert Parks will explore issues in Algeria, asking "Why no Arab Spring in Algeria?"

*Co-sponsors of this event are the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) and the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC).

About the speakers:

Laryssa Chomiak is the Director of the Center for Maghrib Studies in Tunisia. She received her Ph.D. in political science in August of 2011, which was based on 18 months of qualitative research in Tunisia and 6 months of comparative field work in Ukraine. She was born and raised in Germany, educated in the United States and has spent a year in Morocco as a Fulbright scholar. Before her doctoral studies she worked at USAID’s Bureau of Global Health in Washington, DC. Currently, she is working on her upcoming book on the politics of dissent under Ben Ali’s Tunisia and portions of her work have appeared as journal articles in Middle East Law and Governance, The Journal of North African Studies, and Middle East Report.
Robert P. Parks is the Director of the Center for Maghrib Studies in Algeria. He received his Ph.D. in political science in May 2011, which was based on several years of qualitative research in Algeria and Tunisia. His research has been published in The Middle East Journal, The Arab Reform Bulletin, and he contributed to The Politics of Islamic Finance (2004). He is co-editor of a forthcoming volume on local-national relations in the Maghreb and is currently writing book on state building processes in Algeria and Tunisia, examined from the bottom-up.

Director, Center for Maghrib Studies, Tunisia

Director, Center for Maghrib Studies, Algeria

MENAS Colloquium Series
Spring 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
12-1.45pm in Marshall 490