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The Arab Spring 10 Years on: How Repression and Polarization Derail Democratic Transition
(90-minute webinar)

What explains divergence in democratic outcomes following the Arab Spring? After 10 years, why is Tunisia the only country to continue down the path towards democracy, while Egypt experiences authoritarian retrenchment, and Libya, Syria, and Yemen are engulfed in civil war? Professor Elizabeth Nugent unpacks how legacies of repression under authoritarianism help us to understand different trajectories across the post-Arab Spring Middle East. Repression shapes political identities and exacerbates political polarization among the actors charged with navigating transitions from authoritarianism, with detrimental implications for democracy. This talk draws on her first book, After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition, published in September 2020 by Princeton University Press.

Apr 28, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Elizabeth R. Nugent
Assistant Professor @Yale University
Elizabeth Nugent is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. She researches and teaches on the psychology of political behavior in the Middle East, with a further focus on the effects of religion and repression. Her work has been published in academic venues including American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Politics, as well as in The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Her first book, After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition, was published by Princeton University Press (2020).