State-Building and the Rule of Law in Post-Revolutionary Arab Societies: The Challenges of Transitional Processes

12 March 2013 | Workshop | Spanish | CEI

Two years have passed since the Arab uprisings erupted in Tunisia, triggering unexpected events and structural changes across much of the Arab world. It is obviously too soon to analyse the outcomes of the tremendous transformations that are taking place, and some of the most paramount issues that are still being decided will largely determine the social and political face of the Arab countries in the future.

In this long and complex path towards democracy, two issues that attracted public opinion’s attention during the past two years need to be analysed and explored in depth: civil-military relations and how the security sector is undergoing or not an essential process of reform, on the one hand; and on the other, what is, or should be, the place of religion in the new Constitutions and how religious pluralism and diversity should be managed in modern, diverse and complex Arab societies.

To discuss some of these issues, explore how political transitions are evolving in different countries, and exchange different experiences from other countries that went through similar processes not so long ago, the IEMed and CEI organise this seminar. The meeting gathers scholars and researchers from different fields of expertise as well as students on international relations and contemporary Arab politics, aiming to shed light on the recent social and political developments within the context of Arab transitions.

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