2011 Plenary 3: Spring Forward, Fall Back: Revolutions and Their Remains

This discussion focused on the new and historic wave of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa this year, and what the Arab Spring could mean for the world. Also explored was how sympathetic democracies can accelerate progress in these countries.

As we heard, it is harder to escape one’s history than it might at first appear. Building a democratic government, culture and society is slow and laborious, with no guarantee of success.