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BZU hosts the international conference on Arab revolutions - News

August 9, 2011
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On 12 June 2011, the international conference entitled: "Arab revolutions", was organized by the Faculty of Law and Public Administration. This conference aims to shed light on the Arab revolutions, and to address present and the future reflections of the revolutions from a scientific perspective.

In his opening address, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr.. Adnan Yahya, noted that holding this  conference at this particular time, reflects the importance of what is happening in the region, and BZU’s desire to keep pace with developments in the surrounding areas, attempting  to analyze and understand the facts, and perhaps learns lessons regarding the Palestinian situation . Dr. Yahya stressed that what is happening in the Arab region presently, reflects the human vitality and sustainability factors of innovation and interaction.


In his speech, the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration, Dr. Saleh Abdel Jawwad, pointed out that revolutions and the popular protest movements represent a process undergoing formation and development, whether those that have succeeded in overthrowing the symbols of previous systems, or those who are still fighting for real change.

The conference was held in three sessions, the 1st session was entitled: " Arab Social and political revolutions: theoretical approaches," in which Dr. Laurent Jean-Pierre from the University of Paris VIII addressed the factors and causes that led to these revolutions in the Arab world, noting that the West could not expect such revolutions.


Pierre stressed that structural explanations are basically traditional reasons such as poverty and unemployment, which led to these revolutions, pointing that the Arab countries are suffering from the complex of “militarization.”

In the same context, Dr. Saleh Abdul Jawwad, stated that the West did not expect these revolutions, due  to the presence of old concepts that prevented any new extrapolations, since all is being measured by outdated  standards.

The Professor at the Sorbonne University, Dr. Jack Fournier,  presented readings in Arab revolutions, calling for the need to deal very carefully with this phenomenon, pointing to the difference between the experiences of the different revolutions. He attributed the reasons of the revolution to the lack of development in the Arab countries, in addition to the role of the communications technology.


At the 3rd session, Dr. Asia Abu-Taleb from the University of Paris VIII, presented a paper entitled "From the dynamics of protests to the process of political transition: Reflections on the Egyptian case." The paper focused on the Egyptian revolution as a case study by highlighting a number of broad lines regarding the process of transition from indirect protests to direct protests against the system in Egypt and how to participate in the political process.


Dr. Hala Yousefi from the University of Paris, Dauphine, delivered a speech titled "Union of Tunisian Workers: In the heart of the Tunisian revolution," focusing on the role played by the Union of Tunisian Workers in triggering the Tunisian revolution, and the mechanism that contributed to the success of this revolution.



Dr. Bernard Botyvo from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies IREMAM, delivered a speech entitled "Constitutional amendments for political change: the case of Egypt." He highlighted the most important legal and political aspects of the late constitutional amendments in Egypt, after the referendum, shedding the light on a number of them

Later, the floor was given to talk about the current revolution of Yemen, where Dr.. Laurent Bonn from the French Institute for Near East Studies (IFPO), focused on a number of challenges facing the young revolutionists, in view of the role played by the international community in the political changes in Yemen.

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