Lebanese American University

New York Academic Center

Book Talk: “The Decline of Nation-States after the Arab Spring”

Jun 15, 2017 6:30 PM
LAU New York

6.30 PM: Book Discussion
7.30 PM: Book Signing & Reception

In partnership with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program 

Author Imad Salamey sits down with Professor James Ketterer for a conversation on his most recent book, The Decline of Nation-State After the Arab Spring: The Rise of Communitocracy. The book discusses the outcome of the Arab Spring, arguing that the nation-state system has been undermined and replaced with a decentralized and ‘communitarian-based’ governance structure. This new structure may have positive consequences on pluralistic and diverse societies in the region. ‘Communitocracy’ strengthens minority alliances, especially in Lebanon, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait, and Jordan, and preserves the interests of the region’s ethnic and religious communities such as Kurdish, Armenian, Sunni, Shia, Orthodox, and Catholic. 

Imad Salamey is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and the Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution at the Lebanese American University.


James Ketterer is Dean of International Studies at Bard College, where he also teaches Middle East Politics. He is also the director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program in New York City. 

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