The popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have changed the political landscape of the region. As the old systems crumble and the new regimes fail to consolidate, Islamic terrorism has gained momentum. The power vacuum in the region has facilitated the rise of radical Islamist groups in several countries. Is democracy an answer to radical Islam? Can democracy take root and survive in such an inhospitable environment? Or, are we facing Somali-like failed states in which neither democracy nor order are achieved?
Dr. Gurses will present a general overview of the ‘weak state syndrome’ then address the prospects for democracy and peace in this volatile region. This one-time lecture aims to provide a coherent understanding of the challenges that the United States and Israel face in their relations with the Muslim World.
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