10 years after the waves of demonstrations that came to be known as the Arab Spring, the Migration Research Institute organizes a conference that aims to recollect and evaluate the recent developments in the Middle-East and North-Africa. What is the balance of the Arab Spring from a decade’s perspective? What kind of changes happened in the countries affected by the Arab Spring and what remains unchanged? What is the real significance of the events? The new waves of demonstrations that started in late 2018, which has been dubbed Arab Spring 2.0, is just a new episode of the same process, or is it a brand-new development? In what direction the Middle-East is headed? Is there a chance for a genuine political, economical, societal transformation and stabilization in the short-term or mid-term? These will be the main questions tackled by our presenters.

The date of the online event: 21/04/2021 (Wednesday) 14:00–18.00.

Zoom registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYucuygqzstHdEPDpkXLDu-LWu8CUZbuKha?fbclid=IwAR2Uolu7sOMHVflMajJt20p6nqQdkSDIWdjk9qW78vHYbYJEkOI1SVgxJ1Y

Registration deadline: 21/04/2021 (Wednesday) 13:00

14:00-14:05: Welcoming addresses: Szabolcs JANIK (deputy director, Migration Research Institute)
14:05-14.20: Keynote lecture: Prof. László TRÓCSÁNYI (University of Szeged – Member of the European Parliament)
14:20-15:20: The 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring – moderator: Kristóf VERES (MRI)

  • Prof. Erzsébet NAGYNÉ RÓZSA (University of Public Service, full professor): Introduction
  • Prof. Gamal SELIM (British University of Egypt, associate professor): 10 Years after Egypt’s January 25 Revolution: Reflections on Domestic and Regional Politics
  • Dr. Omar SAYFO (MRI, researcher): Syria after 10 years
  • Dr. Viktor MARSAI (MRI – UPS, research director): Ten Years After Gaddafi – The Libyan Conundrum

15:20-15:30: Q&A
15:30-15:45: Break
15:45-17:00: Arab Spring 2.0 – moderator: Prof. Erzsébet NAGYNÉ RÓZSA

  • Prof. László CSICSMANN (Corvinus University, Vice-Rector for Faculty): A Second Wave of the Arab Protests: Similarities and Differences. Is there an Arab Spring 2.0?
  • Prof. Annette WEBER (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, senior researcher): Sudan
  • Prof. Walter POSCH (National Defence Academy, Wien, senior researcher): Iraq
  • Prof. Yahia ZOUBIR (KEDGE Business School, senior lecturer): Algeria

17:00-17:15: Q&A
7:15: Closing remarks