The Arab Spring: Implications for Australia’s National Security

17 May 2011

Professor Amin Saikal, Dr Mathew Gray and Dr Rodger Shanahan

Recent months have seen the people of the Arab world from Yemen to Egypt, and most recently in Libya, seeking to shake off decades of repression and political dictatorships to embrace rapid transformation. From the less violent transitions which have occurred in Jordan and Bahrain, to the brutal civil war prevailing in Libya, the international community has become involved in the moves toward security as well as individual and collective rights for the Arab people. This National Security College public seminar brings together leading experts on the region to discuss the events, key drivers of change, the military action, the Responsibility to Protect, and energy politics. The panel will also consider the national security implications for Australia.

Broad Topics: Arts and Social Sciences

Sub-topics: History & Archeology, Humanities, Journalism, News & Media, Policy & Political Science, Society & Culture

Areas: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences



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Amin Saikal, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University, Dr Matthew Gray, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University & Dr Rodger Shanahan, Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute