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V-Dem Seminar with Mieczyslaw Boduszynski

Research profile seminar

At the V-Dem Seminar Mieczyslaw Boduszynski will present the paper "Full Circle: U.S. Democratic Leverage and the Arab Spring".


The arresting image of Egyptian strongman Abdulfatah al-Sisi sitting next to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office this spring sends a powerful signal that U.S. will to exercise democratic leverage over the Egypt and other Arab Spring countries has come full circle from President Obama's belated embrace of the Tahir Square protestors. What explains the arc of U.S. policies toward Arab Spring countries since 2011 in terms of the will and capacity of Washington to emphasize values over interests? Mietek's book project examines the interests, individuals, institutions, and countervailing powers that have shaped U.S. democratic leverage (or lack thereof) in the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade.


Mietek Boduszynski is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Pomona College in California, USA, where he teaches courses on U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East. He previously worked for a decade as a U.S. diplomat, with postings in Albania, Kosovo, Japan, Egypt, Libya, and Iraq. His first book analyzed democratization in the post-communist Balkans.

Date: 11/8/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: Department of Political Science

Location: B336, Stora Skansen

Contact person: Natalia Stepanova

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