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PeaceTalks: Social Protest in the Middle East Public

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Vancouver, BC

PeaceGeeks and the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) are proud to host PeaceTalk #13 featuring Onur Bakiner and Tamir Moutafa.

Protest movements erupted in Turkey in May 2013 and Egypt in June 2013. In some ways the social backgrounds of the protesters seemed to point to similarities, but the July coup in Egypt undercut the democratic potential of the street demonstrations. In this PeaceTalk, Tamir Moustafa and Onur Bakiner will discuss the origins, dynamics and consequences of the protests, in particular taking issue with a simplistic account of the protests as the struggle for secularism against Islamism.

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About the Speakers:

Onur Bakiner is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University. His research and teaching interests include memory politics, transitional justice, Latin American politics, Turkish politics and normative political theory. His article on the Chilean military’s politics of human rights, “From Denial to Reluctant Dialogue: the Chilean Military’s Confrontation with Human Rights (1990-2006)” was published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice in 2010. A recent article entitled, “Truth Commission Impact: an Assessment of How Commissions Influence Politics and Society,” will be published in the same journal in 2014. A forthcoming paper on the politics of memory in contemporary Turkey will be published in the Nationalities Papers of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Tamir Moustafa is Associate Professor of International Studies and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair at Simon Fraser University. His research stands at the intersection of comparative law and society, religion and politics, and state-society relations, all with a regional focus on the Middle East. His books include The Struggle for Constitutional Power: Law, Politics, and Economic Development in Egypt (Cambridge University Press 2007).

What is PeaceTalks?

PeaceTalks is a forum for people to develop practical awareness on topics related to peace, human rights and role of communities in social change. At PeaceGeeks our goal is to improve the understanding of the general public and ultimately empower people to promote peace, accountability and human rights in developing and conflicted affected areas.

BCCIC is a coalition of individuals and non-governmental organizations working to achieve sustainable human development in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity and participation for all.

Hosted by: PeaceGeeks and BCCIC

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