The IE International Relations Club is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi titled “What’s next for Egypt? Lessons learned from the Iranian Revolution” on Thursday, February 24th, at 5PM; room A-301 (Ma. de Molina, 11-13).

To sign up for this lecture please register at the Alumni Agenda events site.

Spaces are limited.

A wave of change is passing through the Middle East and North Africa; from Iran to Morocco people are taking to the streets to voice their grievances. Extensive media coverage has been dedicated to the popular revolution in Egypt and now everyone is interested in finding out what the future holds for Egypt.

The mainstream media coverage of the revolt in Egypt has compared it to the 1979 Iranian Revolution. While the events were revolutionary, this talk will debate the myths of this comparison and argue that the analogy is due to Islamophobia rather than any valid historical reasoning. This forum will also revisit the Iranian uprising of 2009 and how it can be compared to the Egyptian Revolution, particularly focusing on the role of social media and emboldened youth movements in both countries.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi completed his PhD at University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Dr. Al-Marashi received a MA in Arab Studies at Georgetown in 1997. He has BAs in History and Near Eastern Studies from the University of California Los Angeles. He is an Iraqi-American who lived at various times in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Morocco. He was a scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary History and Freedom of Speech at IE School of Communication. He is also professor of History and Media Policy.

The IE International Relations Club is also organizing a forum on the topic of social media and modern democratic movements in March. Time and location will be announced soon. Stay tuned to the IE International Relations Club announcements by joining the club on IE Portal, Facebook and Linkedin.


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