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Studies 09 December, 2019

Full Text of Azmi Bishara's Keynote Lecture

Democratic Transition and its Problems: Theoretical Lessons from Arab Experiences

Given at the College de France, Paris, 28 November 2019

​On Thursday, 28 November 2019 the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Paris held its second annual conference, entitled "Democracies in Formation: Arab Countries as a Test Ground for New Political Developments", in cooperation with the College de France.

Azmi Bishara, gave an opening lecture to the conference, addressing the issue of democratic transition in the Arab region and the associated theoretical and practical problems. This topic is the main thesis of an upcoming book written by Bishara, researching the democratic transition in theory, and interpreting theoretical results through a careful reading of the experiences of the Arab Spring and the reasons for its failures/successes.