The Middle East Policy Forum at the Elliott School of International Affairs will host this conversation on how the militaries in Tunisia and Egypt acted during and after the 2011 uprisings in those two countries. Dr. Sharan Grewal, author of Soldiers of Democracy? Military Legacies and the Arab Spring, will highlight how dictators’ choices to either empower or marginalize the military creates legacies that shape both the likelihood of democratization and the forms by which it breaks down.
Dr. Grewal will discuss his new book with Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Affairs Gordon Gray, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia at the start of the Arab Spring.
The book talk is a hybrid event. You may register to attend in-person at 1957 E St NW, Room 505, Washington, DC, or virtually via Zoom.
This event is possible thanks to a gift from the ExxonMobil Corporation.
Dr. Sharan Grewal is an Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received a PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2018, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Brookings from 2018-19. In 2023-24, he is a research fellow at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard.
Amb. Gordon Gray is the Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. government after 35 years of public service, Ambassador Gray was the Deputy Commandant at the National War College. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia from 2009 until 2012, witnessing the start of the Arab Spring and directing the U.S. response in support of Tunisia’s transition.