Thursday February 17, 2011
Sherif Mansour, Senior Program Officer of the Middle East and North Africa at Freedom House, examines the recent Egyptian uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, focusing on the major turning points, the organizational tactics that were employed by Egyptian activists, and the early and recent manifestations of these tactics on the ground.
The Egyptian nonviolent uprising was a surprise for many. The world’s attention was primarily focused on the last two weeks. But the struggle for overthrowing Mubarak started over seven years before. Major transformations inside the pro-democracy movement from online activism to street organization mainly happened over the past three years. The breakthrough only happened in the past six months. This webinar examines some of the major turning points, the organizational tactics that were employed by Egyptian activists, and show some of the early and recent manifestations of these tactics on the ground. The webinar also highlights important logistical and moral support for the demonstrators during the uprising, and highlights some of the lessons learned and some of the critical points which can be utilized by other nonviolent struggles in the Middle East.
- Download presentation slides
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- Karatnycky, Adrian & Ackerman, Peter. How Freedom Is One: From Civic Resistance to Durable Democracy. Freedom House, 2005.
- Mansour, Sherif. Egypt’s “Facebook Revolution”, Kefaya, and the struggle for democracy and good governance.
- Rosenberg, Tina. Revolution U. Foreign Policy Magazine. February 16, 2011.
- Zunes, Stephen. Credit the Egyptian People for the Egyptian Revolution. TruthOut. February 17, 2011.
- Zunes. Stephen. Nonviolent Action in the Islamic World (Webinar).