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Public Opinion in the Arab World

What Do the Latest Surveys Tell Us?



Friday, October 31, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm

US Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW

The Arab uprisings were a vivid demonstration of the importance of public opinion in the Middle East. Frustrated by poor governance and the lack of economic opportunity, citizens demonstrated in mass protests on the streets, and online, throughout the region. As autocrats fell, instability and extremism rose. Although democracy appears to be succeeding in Tunisia, in most of the Arab Spring countries the future is far from secure. The event will highlight new findings from the third wave of surveys (late 2012-2014) of the Arab Barometer across 12 Arab countries including Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, and more.

This event will feature the following speakers:
Amaney Jamal
Edward S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Project on Middle East Democracy

Michael Robbins
Project Director, Arab Barometer

Khalil Shikaki
Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Mark Tessler
Samuel J. Eldersveld Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Steven Riskin
Senior Program Officer for Grants, U.S. Institute of Peace

Sponsored By:

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Arab Barometer, the Arab Reform Initiative, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Project on Middle East Political Science.