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At the close of a decade after the Arab Spring, what historical assessment can we make of the uprisings that shook the Middle East and North Africa in 2011? Did the rebellions transform the social contract and political reality in the region? Have the revolutions succeeded or failed, and are such prisms of interpretation valid? Overall, how should we historicise these events and where do they fit in the global history of democracy?
Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou is Professor of International History and Chair of the Department of International History at the Graduate Institute. Previously the Associate Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, he also teaches at Sciences Po Paris and at the University of St. Gallen. He is the author, notably, of a trilogy on the post-11 September era, and editor of Democratization in the 21st Century (Routledge).
Carolyn Biltoft received her PhD in World History from Princeton University in 2010. Her works fuse the tools of world history, intellectual history, cultural studies and critical theory. She is interested broadly in the dynamic interactions between globalising structures and infrastructures and diverse beliefs, emotions, concepts and human life-worlds. She is the author of A Violent Peace: Media, Truth and Power at the League of Nations (University of Chicago Press).