The Arab Spring continues – hopeful, dangerous, transformative all at the same time. Egypt’s new government struggles to craft new governance and a new foreign policy, including new relations with the U.S., Palestine and Israel. Palestinian refugees channel the Arab Spring through their Nakba Day marches to Israel’s borders to assert their international law-mandated right of return. Libya’s civil war stalemates as NATO/US bombing escalates. Protesters in Syria face legal repression. In Yemen and Bahrain, governments have lost credibility but continue in power. Egyptians, Palestinians and Jordanians, with widely divergent views on the future of the Arab Spring, all agree that the region – once dominated by U.S.-backed dictatorships – will never be the same.
You’re invited to a brown-bag discussion with IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis, who has just returned from Egypt and Jordan, meeting with activists and bloggers, new government officials and United Nations workers, and more.