The Islamic State and the Future of Democracy in the Arab World

Speaker : Dr Alexander Maxwell (School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington)

Date : 05 Apr 2017 7:00 pm

Venue : Southern Cross Bar, 39 Abel Smith St.

This talk describes the short-term causes of the Syrian Civil War and rise of the Islamic State. It then provides a broader history of popular sovereignty in the Middle East while considering the long-term prospects for democratic government.