Beirut Launch of Secular Parties Paper

Marina Ottaway, Amr Hamzawy, Paul Salem, Rami Khoury, Talal Husayni April 25, 2007 Beirut, Lebanon
Summary
On April 25, the Carnegie Middle East Center hosted an open seminar led by Marina Ottaway and Amr Hamzawy in which they presented their latest paper, “Fighting on Both Fronts: Secular Parties in the Arab World.” They concluded by highlighting some of the strategies that secular parties might employ to revive their organizations, rebuild their constituencies, and regain public appeal.
Related Media and Tools
 

On April 25, the Carnegie Middle East Center hosted an open seminar led by Marina Ottaway and Amr Hamzawy in which they presented their latest paper, “Fighting on Both Fronts: Secular Parties in the Arab World.”  Rami Khoury, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and Talal Husayni a noted political analyst and activist, provided comments on the paper. Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, moderated the session. Over fifty members of the policy, research, media, and academic communities attended the event.

Ottaway and Hamzawy presented their findings relating to secular parties in Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait and Yemen.  Arab secular parties define themselves in a variety of ways, ranging from nationalist and socialist to anti-colonialist, but they do not have a political agenda grounded in Islamism.  Despite playing a key role in independence movements and enjoying considerable popular support over previous decades, successful and increasingly popular Islamist parties have overtaken this support.  Ottaway and Hamzawy explored the factors contributing to Islamist parties’ successes in light of the popular losses suffered by secular parties as well as the current dynamics of rivalry and cooperation between Islamist and secular parties.  They concluded by highlighting some of the strategies that secular parties might employ to revive their organizations, rebuild their constituencies, and regain public appeal.

Mr. Khoury assessed the general political context within which these parties operate, particularly with respect to the international environment at the relationships between the state and the economy, media, and civil society.   Mr. Husayni reflected on secularism’s troubled history in the region. Presentations were followed by a question-answer session.
 

Source http://carnegieendowment.org/2007/04/25/beirut-launch-of-secular-parties-paper/37xe
 

More from The Global Think Tank

Stay in the Know

Enter your email address to receive the latest Carnegie analysis in your inbox!

Personal Information
 
 
Carnegie Middle East Center
 
Emir Bechir Street, Lazarieh Tower Bldg. No. 2026 1210, 5th flr. Downtown Beirut, P.O.Box 11-1061 Riad El Solh, Lebanon
Phone: +961 1 99 12 91 Fax: +961 1 99 15 91
Please note...

You are leaving the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy's website and entering another Carnegie global site.

请注意...

你将离开清华—卡内基中心网站,进入卡内基其他全球中心的网站。