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Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics

With Dr. Joseph Sassoon

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
12:00pm - 1:15pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons 

Dr. Joseph Sassoon will join MEPF to discuss his recent release, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics. By examining the system of authoritarianism in eight Arab republics, Dr. Sassoon portrays life under these regimes and explores the mechanisms underpinning their resilience. How did the leadership in these countries create such enduring systems? What was the economic system that prolonged the regimes’ longevity, but simultaneously led to their collapse? Why did these seemingly stable regimes begin to falter? This book seeks to answer these questions by utilizing the Iraqi archives and memoirs of those who were embedded in these republics: political leaders, ministers, generals, security agency chiefs, party members, and business people. Joseph Sassoon is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University and holds the al-Sabah Chair in Politics and Political Economy of the Arab World. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 2013, his book Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime (Cambridge University Press, 2012) won the prestigious British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East.

Lindner Family Commons, 1957 E Street, NW

March 9th, 2016



*A light lunch will be available*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

*The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.