Syria and the End of the Arab Spring
Lecturer: Dr. Michael Petrou
The Syrian Civil War began eight years ago, amid the hope and expectation of greater political freedom that permeated the Arab Spring uprisings. Today, Syria is a broken country, with some 12 million of its citizens displaced. Bashar al-Assad, the dictator who ruled Syria when protests began, is still in power. Is this the end of the Arab Spring? What future does Syria now have? What has the Syrian civil war meant for the region, and the world? This lecture will explore what happened, and what the consequences are.
Lecturer biography: Michael Petrou is an adjunct professor in Carleton University’s Department of History, a fellow-in-residence in Carleton’s Global and International Studies program, and a lecturer in its School of Journalism. He was a 2018 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2017, he won the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship, which he used to report on Syrian refugees in the Middle East. He has reported on war and conflict across the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, winning three National Magazine Awards. His 2008 book, Renegades: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War, was described as “painstaking and clear-eyed” by The Globe and Mail. The Spanish Newspaper El Pais called it “beautiful.” His 2012 book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World, won the Ottawa Book Award for non-fiction.
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