Friday, 06-05-2011. Room : M-102, María de Molina, 27. Hour:  10.00 – 11.30. 

IE School of Communication (IE University) invites you to the 48th meeting “Scientists and Professionals in communication”, series 2010-2011, where Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Professor of Contemporary History at IE School of Communication, will present in English a talk on “The Arab Legitimacy Dilemma: Regime Security and the Role of Media in the Middle Eastern Revolts”. 


The mainstream media coverage of events in Egypt has reinforced a narrative of a spontaneous revolt erupting in the aftermath of the Tunisian regime change.  This talk contextualizes the events in Egypt and Tunisia as a result of a process of state building in the Middle East since 1918 and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.  Rather than a spontaneous revolt, the events in Egypt are a culmination of structural dynamics that have been in play in the region since the creation of the Arab state system, such as patronage politics, praetorianism, and kleptocracy.  

This talk is designed to bring in the role of social and satellite media into the debate on the evolution of the Arab state system.  In terms of disciplines, there has been a disconnect between theorists from the history and political science of the Middle East, and the scholars of media and the Middle East.  Instead of a talk followed by a discussion, Al-Marashi’s presentation will demonstrate this disconnect.  He will present the theories from the historical and political science disciplines on the Middle East state system and allow the audience to begin a dialogue of how media theories can be brought into the discussion of the unfolding situation in the region. 

Short Bio:

Ibrahim Al-Marashi is Assistant Professor of Contemporary History and Freedom of Speech at IE University and a Research Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, an affiliate of Middlebury College.    


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