Check out this debate on Strengthening Arab Democracy: U.S. Assistance after the Uprisings. Details from the Project on Middle East Democracy:
Amid a turbulent yet inspiring year of historic changes in the Middle East and North Africa, it is important to consider opportunities for U.S. democracy assistance in the region. The federal government’s role in providing assistance to governments and civil society organizations is hotly contested in policy and academic circles.
The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and the Georgetown debate team are pleased to co-host an event to examine this year’s national college debate topic: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its democracy assistance for one or more of the following: Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.
What is the state of past and current democracy-related programming in each of these countries? What are specific successes and challenges in assistance work, and what are the goals? What tools are at the Obama administration’s disposal in each of these states? Moving forward, what opportunities are there for providing democracy assistance to actors in these states, and what might be the most effective tools?
The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and the Georgetown Debate Team are pleased to co-host a debate of these issues with: Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, National Democratic Institute. Laith Kubba, Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa, National Endowment for Democracy. Stephen McInerney, Executive Director, POMED. Moderator: Jonathan Paul, Director of Debate, Georgetown University.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Leavey Program Room, Georgetown University (Located in the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center, 3800 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1087).