Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 4, 2011

Round table to address issues that have led to Middle East protests

The International Institute will conduct a round-table discussion at noon Monday to analyze the underlying tensions in the Middle East that have led to widespread unrest and political instability.

Titled "Struggle Against Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East" the round table will feature leading U-M scholars in a candid, informal discussion about how protests in Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries have led to a shakeup of the existing governments.

Participants include:

• Joshua Cole, associate professor of history.

• Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History

• Nadine Naber, assistant professor, Program in American Culture and Department of Women's Studies.

• Philip Potter, assistant professor of public policy and political science.

• Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs, Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science.

• Susan Waltz, professor of public policy.

The round table is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. It will take place in the School of Social Work's Educational Conference Center (Room 1840), 1080 South University Ave

The event is free and open to the public, and also will be available online via a live-streaming link at