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BORDERLANDS Lecture: From Revolution to Regime Change: Re-Conceptualising the Arab Revolts

Dates:
  • Tue 01 Mar 2016 16.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-03-01 16:00 2016-03-01 18:00 Europe/Paris BORDERLANDS Lecture: From Revolution to Regime Change: Re-Conceptualising the Arab Revolts

In power struggles there are no lasting victories – only the ceaseless clash of wills. This is why regimes change constantly. Sudden, dramatic, popularly forced changes impress themselves upon us as revolutions. Less spectacular ones, brought forth by pressure and compromise, are the much less memorable reforms. Frustratingly slow rearrangements of power at the top, with limited reverberations below, are symptoms of resilience. The important thing is: regimes are never entirely stagnant. And revolution, reform, and resilience are simply different facets of the same phenomenon, that is: regime change. Using this new approach, Hazem Kandil re-conceptualises what is popularly known as the ‘Arab Spring’ as a series of complicated power struggles that continue to evolve.

Hazem Kandil is Cambridge University Lecturer in Political Sociology and Fellow of St Catharine’s College. He studies power relations in revolution and war, focusing on the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America. He is the author of Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt (Verso 2012), Inside the Brotherhood (Polity 2014), and The Power Triangle: Military, Security, and Politics in Regime Change (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca

In power struggles there are no lasting victories – only the ceaseless clash of wills. This is why regimes change constantly. Sudden, dramatic, popularly forced changes impress themselves upon us as revolutions. Less spectacular ones, brought forth by pressure and compromise, are the much less memorable reforms. Frustratingly slow rearrangements of power at the top, with limited reverberations below, are symptoms of resilience. The important thing is: regimes are never entirely stagnant. And revolution, reform, and resilience are simply different facets of the same phenomenon, that is: regime change. Using this new approach, Hazem Kandil re-conceptualises what is popularly known as the ‘Arab Spring’ as a series of complicated power struggles that continue to evolve.

Hazem Kandil is Cambridge University Lecturer in Political Sociology and Fellow of St Catharine’s College. He studies power relations in revolution and war, focusing on the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America. He is the author of Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt (Verso 2012), Inside the Brotherhood (Polity 2014), and The Power Triangle: Military, Security, and Politics in Regime Change (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).


Location:
Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Raffaella A. Del Sarto (EUI - R.Schuman Centre)

Speaker:
Dr. Hazem Kandil (Cambridge University)

Links:
BORDERLANDS Project
 
 

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