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‘From Resilience to Revolt. Making Sense of the Arab Spring’

Early 2011 waves of protest started rolling through the Middle East. Though in many states the status quo was only shaken without any actual transformations, the popular uprisings, which have since become known as the “Arab Spring”, did manage to remove a series of leaders from their figurative thrones.

Video of panel discussion on Middle East's Dignity Revolutions

Hivos at the Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut

Last February, the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut hosted our knowledge officer Kawa Hassan for adiscussion on the Middle East's dignity revolutions. Prior to the Middle East’s recent revolutions, the relationship  between Western donors and regional actors was based on an  overestimation of the state and an underestimation of Arab societies as a  viable partner for reform. In light of the Arab uprisings over the last  two years, Western donors must realize that the transition from  absolute dictatorship to democracy requires a great deal of patience and  efficiency. Only then will they be able to positively impact the Middle  East’s changing political dynamics.

Hivos analyzes the future of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

Knowledge Officer Kawa Hassan was invited by Clio (the Study Association of International Relations & International Organizations at the University of Groningen) to analyze the current political landscape in Egypt. At Clio’s second Forum Committee Lecture, Hassan refuted fears of a Muslim Brotherhood take-over, but rather pointed at the likeliness for this party to become incorporated in the democratic political system.

Hivos' Kawa Hassan Sheds Light On Egypt's Revolution Three Years On

Upon the invitation of DUNSA-Utrecht, Kawa Hassan, the middle east expert of Hivos will participate in a one-day conference on Democracy, Global Markets and Development on 8 February in Utrecht, the Netherlands. At this conference, our middle east expert will debate with the Egyptian journalist Harif Abdel Kouddous and the Dutch-Egyptian blogger Monique Samuel about the Egyptian revolution. Since the outbreak of the “Arab Spring” in 2011, two Egyptian presidents were ousted by popular uprisings. Currently, the army is back in power.

Hivos' Kawa Hassan to Volkskrant: 'Democracy will prevail in the Middle East' (Dutch).

In het Midden-Oosten overwint de democratie

Egypte staat op ontploffen en elders in de regio is het ook onrustig. De Arabische Lente heeft haar langste tijd gehad. Of zijn het juist barensweeën? Niet?

Lees het complete twistgesprek tussen Henk Müller met Kawa Hassan door middel van het downloaden van de pdf.

Hivos' Kawa Hassan: "Egypt is caught between counter-revolution and irreversible social empowerment"

On 8 February 2014, Hivos' middle east expert Kawa Hassan participated in  an international debate on the developments in Egypt entitled Egypt: A  Failed Revolution?. In his presentation Kawa Hassan highlighted  the continuous struggle between two trends and dynamics that will shape the  future of Egypt transition: counter-revolution and irreversible social  empowerment.  

Beyond Frontiers: The Implosion of the Middle East

On the occasion of the 12.5 years anniversary of its exchange programs with the Middle East and North Africa, the College of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam and Zeytun in collaboration with Hivos held a debate on the fast--changing strategic landscape of the Middle East entitled Beyond Frontiers: The Implosion of the Middle East. Professor Anoush Ehteshami, professor of International Relations at University of Durham talked about catalytic events and new realities that are reshaping the region. Hivos' and Carnegie's Kawa Hassan highlighted the need for conceptual innovation, academic and activism imagination that rise to the challenge of the transforming Middle East. 

Geopolitics and democracy in the Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa is undergoing a profound geopolitical reconfiguration. Since the 2011 popular revolutions, the region has transitioned from great hopes for democratisation towards a spiral of violence, fragmentation and fragility.

Misunderstanding the maladies of liberal democracy promotion

By Richard Youngs

Democracy promotion has lost traction around the world. Calls have become more audible for a fundamental rethink of what type of ‘democracy’ should be supported in different regions. Critics point to inflexible policies, with narrow conceptions of political reform. 

The Green Movement is a massive and unprecedented social movement that brought together different segments of the society and courageously challenged the regime. However, despite its importance, social mobilization alone is not sufficient to bring about a regime change, let alone a sustainable democracy. In addition to mobilization, the movement needs a strategic reflection on its vision, which aims at developing a new narrative for an alternative social order that is truly tolerant, pluralist, democratic, today and tomorrow, and that would result in the(re)definition of a bigger ‘us’.