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The Civil Insurgents

The Arab Uprisings and Civil Society

Civil society—broadly conceived—played an important role in instigating the Arab uprisings and will continue to be a decisive force. With new spaces for collective action, civil society leaders are poised to play a bigger role in the social and political future of the Middle East and North Africa than ever before. The Middle East Task Force held this discussion with the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and member organizations.
The ANND is a regional network operating in 11 Arab countries with 7 national networks and 23 NGO members. ANND’s work focuses on economic and social policies and rights in the Arab region. They are visiting Washington DC to discuss development challenges and social justice priorities in the region, and the effectiveness of US foreign policy, including bi-lateral assistance and trade policies, in meeting needs.

For an in-depth analysis of these issues and more.


Salah Deen El Jourchi, Tunisia
Researcher and Political Analyst
Coordinator of the Civic Constitutional Commission—Al Jahez Center

Abdel Nabi El Ekry, Bahrain
Transparency Association
Kinda Mohamadieh, Lebanon
Arab NGO Network for Development

Izz Deen El Asbahi, Yemen
Human Rights Information and Training Center

Leila Hilal
Co-director, Middle East Task Force
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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