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The Arab Spring


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Presented in partnership with the Melbourne Festival.

Since December of last year, across the Middle East, dictatorial regimes have toppled and people power has triumphed. But what does this much-heralded wave of revolutionary fervour mean in the longer term? Amidst the strikes and protests, demonstrations and civil uprisings, is the ‘Arab Spring’ a turning point for resistance movements around the world, and what are the implications for other entrenched conflicts in the region?


Robert Bowker

Dr Robert Bowker is a specialist on Middle East and Islamic issues and an Adjunct Professor at Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies until December 2012 (ANU). Prior to his appointment in 2008, he served with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), undertaking five postings in the Middle E... Read more

Samah Hadid

Samah Hadid is the National Director of The Global Poverty Project. She has campaigned widely on social justice and women’s rights issues. Samah was selected as the 2010 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, and completed a fellowship with the United Nations Office of the High Com... Read more

Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald is Senior Foreign Correspondent on the Ten Network’s 6pm with George Negus. He shares hosting duties with Hugh Riminton in George’s absence. Born and raised in the Snowy Mountains town of Jindabyne, Hamish left Australia in 2003, working initially for the prestigious UK Channel ... Read more

Fethi Mansouri

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, holds a Chair in Migration and Intercultural Relations, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University. His publications include Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship (2006); Poli... Read more

Rima Ahmad Alaadeen

Her Excellency, Mrs Rima Ahmad Alaadeen, is the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Australia, having taken up this post in 2010. Prior to her current posting, Her Excellency served as the Director of Human Rights and Human Security Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has... Read more


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