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Youth and the October Revolution in Iraq: Between Sectarianism and Democracy

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 04:30pm - 06:00pm

Bustani Seminar and Talk with Eric Davis

Please join my Bustani Seminar presentation, "Youth and the October Revolution in Iraq: Between Sectarianism and Democracy," which will be held (virtually) at MIT's Center for International Studies, Tuesday, March 16th, 4:30-6:00 pm.  Information on attending the talk is below.

This talk is part of a larger project on extremist politics, with particular reference to youth, an often-neglected analytic category.  A core question is why have some youth been attracted to extremist ideologies, such radical Islamism and white nationalism, while other youth demographics, such as in Chile, Ecuador, Sudan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Algeria, and Hong Kong, protest in demanding social democracy, personal freedoms, and an end to state corruption.


Eric Davis

The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar invites you to a lecture NEXT WEEK on the topic of:

Youth and the October Revolution in Iraq: Between Sectarianism and Democracy

Thousands of Iraqi youth have been participating in the October Revolution (Thawrat Tishreen) which began in October 2019.  Despite suffering hundreds of deaths and over 20,000 wounded, kidnapped and tortured by pro-Iranian Iraqi security forces and Iran's proxy militias in Iraq, youth demonstrations have continued in an entirely peaceful manner, demanding an end to state corruption and the implementation of a true social democracy in Iraq.  The October Revolution has already forced the resignation of one prime minister, aborted the candidacy of 2 others, and led to the scheduling of early parliamentary elections in June 2021. Will Iraqi youth, who constitute 70% of the population under 30, and have formed their own political parties, be able to bring about democratic change? Or will Iraq's militia movement (al-Hashad al-Sha'bi) be able to exploit poor youth and sustain Iraq's current sectarian politics?

Eric Davis
Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University Tuesday, March 16, 2021
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Zoom Webinar ID: 917 5897 1523
Passcode: bustani 
(no pre-registration required)
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