Liberal Attitudes and Middle East Realities

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM
CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
  • Michael Bell
May 21

Traditions of colonialism, autocracy, the rentier state, clientalism, corruption and imagined history all contribute to the dysfunction of Middle East polities. Most importantly Arab politics is dominated by authoritarianism, ethno-nationalism and ideological belief systems. There is more than ample evidence of that on a daily basis, most visibly and starkly with the terror manifest by the Islamic State organization (ISIS).

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