From Tehran to Tahrir Square: Is Freedom Really Sweeping the Middle East? Emanuele Ottolenghi


At the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011, Western nations around the world held their breath and hoped that the chaotic uprisings on the streets of Egypt and neighbouring countries would herald democracy in the Middle East. It’s been a year since the movement began and much has changed – or has it? Real and robust democracy has a long way to go before becoming commonplace in the Middle East. What is really happening behind the scenes and away from the news cameras? And how can the West help this transition?

Dr Emanuele Ottolenghi is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and author of Iran: The Looming Crisis, and Under a Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran and the Bomb, will answer these and other important question in his talk for the CIS. Dr Ottolenghi is in Australia as a guest of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council and will discuss his extensive research into Iran’s nuclear program, its human rights abuses, and the possibilities for democracy in the Middle East.