Why Is There No Arab Democracy?


Wednesday, October 28, 2009 (All day)


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution & Freeman Spogli Institute

About the Seminar
Why is there not a single democracy in the Arab world today, when every other region has a significant number of democracies? This seminar examines possible cultural, historical, economic, political, institutional, and geostrategic explanations for the democracy deficit in the Arab world. Rejecting some of these possible explanations and affirming others, it also considers what factors might foster transitions to constitutional democracy in the Arab world.

You can watch the seminar here.

About Larry Diamond
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he also directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as senior consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.

About the Democracy Seminar Series
The Democracy Seminar Series brings distinguished speakers to Harvard Kennedy School for the academic year to address critical challenges facing democratic governance.