UU College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Brown Bag Luncheon

URBANA, Ohio (March 13, 2012) – The Urbana University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences invites the public to an Urbana University Brown Luncheon for a program entitled, "A Fourth Wave??? Prospects for Successful Democratization in the Nations of the Arab Spring” by Ryan Enlow, assistant professor of political science. This program is on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from noon-12:50 p.m. in the Moore Conference room, the lower level of the Student Center. Attendees may bring a lunch or purchase items at the White Family Grill on the main level of the Student Center.

Scholarly observers of democratization from Alexis De Tocqueville to Samuel P. Huntington laid down a theoretical blueprint for building a vibrant civil society; free nations and successful democratic transitions. Through his own research, Enlow has applied those scholars’ principles of successful democratization to the current social and political climates within countries of the “Arab Spring” (Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria).

His presentation will ask these three important questions:

 - Will the diverse peoples of these former autocracies resolve to choose their own political destiny, or will they descend into a state worse than autocracy?

 - Which countries of the so- called “Arab Spring” possess the best cultural and structural prospects for producing, first, a civil society (in the Tocquevillian sense) and then, a successful transition to democracy?

 - On the other hand, which “Arab Spring” countries will have a harder time establishing a successful transition to democracy due to social, cultural or structural obstacles?

Bring a brown bag in March and find out.

Mr. Enlow, on the Urbana University faculty for four years, is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Policy and Law at Walden University. He received his bachelor and master degrees from Eastern Kentucky University with an emphasis in The US Constitution, political theory, and public law/policy. He completed further graduate work in public administration at Wright State University in 2006 and 2007.

This program is the fifth in a series of monthly Brown Bag Lunches sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The final program for this academic year is on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. More information will be forthcoming prior to the program.

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