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Dr. Curtis Ryan: Reform, Resistance, and Refugees: Jordan and the Arab Uprisings

February 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies invites you to a presentation, Reform, Resistance, and Refugees: Jordan and the Arab Uprisings, by Dr. Curtis Ryan. The presentation will be based on Dr. Ryan’s latest book, Jordan and the Arab Uprisings: Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State.

Curtis Ryan is a professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He received his B.A. in history and political science from Drew University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His areas of interest and expertise include international relations and foreign policy; international and regional security; comparative politics; Middle East politics; and inter-Arab relations and alliance politics. Ryan served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan and was twice named a Peace Scholar by the United States Institute of Peace. He is also a prolific writer, contributing to journals such as Middle East Report, Middle East Journal, and Arab Studies Quarterly, and is the author of two books on Jordanian government and foreign policy.

In Jordan and the Arab Uprisings, Dr. Curtis Ryan analyzes Jordanian political culture from Islamist and leftist opposition parties, to youth movements and other forms of activism, as well as struggles over elections, reform, and identity. Detailing regime survival strategies, Dr. Ryan lays out how the monarchy has held out the possibility of reform while also seeking to coopt and contain its opponents. While the Arab Spring may be over, Ryan shows that political activism in Jordan is not. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with a vast range of people, from grassroots activists to King Abdullah II, Jordan and the Arab Uprisings is a definitive analysis of Jordanian politics before, during, and beyond the Arab uprisings.

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This event is made possible in part by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center of the Middle East and North Africa at Georgetown University, with additional funding from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies for public events.


February 22
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


CCAS Boardroom – ICC 141 [Enter through ICC 241]