The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents “Regional Instability: The Legacy of the Arab Spring” on

Thursday, August 17, 2017. Nathan Brown, Director of Institute for Middle East Studies at George

Washington University, will be our speaker. The event will be held at the Ivy Club, 5102 North Galena

Rd, Peoria Heights. It is open to the public and features an optional dinner beginning at 5:30 PM. The

presentation will commence at 7:00 PM.

In 2011, a wave of uprisings throughout the Arab world sparked great hopes for positive changes in the

region and admiring international attention. Six and one half years later, the legacy of those uprisings

consists of civil war, deepened dictatorship, and international conflict. Is the Arab world today likely to

disintegrate further into conflict or chaos or is there a way for the hopes of 2011 to be met?

Tickets for the dinner and presentation are $30.00 for Peoria Area World Affairs Council members and

students; $35.00 for general public. All dinner reservations MUST be made by Friday, August 11, 2017.

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Tickets for the lecture at 7:00 PM are $10.00 for PAWAC members and $15.00 for general public. All

students may attend the lecture portion of the program for free with their student ID. Pre-registration

for lecture attendance is appreciated for planning purposes. Please RSVP for the lecture portion to

Presenter Nathan Brown currently serves as Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and

Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at George Washington University. He is also

Nonresident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. A

graduate of the University of Chicago, he received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he

specialized in Middle Eastern politics. His research focuses on issues of constitutionalism, the rule of

law, Islam and politics, and democracy in the Arab world.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council promotes a better understanding of world affairs among

members, students, and the community through public programs that bring national and international

experts to Central Illinois. PAWAC is nonprofit and nonpartisan. For additional information, contact the

Peoria Area World Affairs Council at 309-677-2454 or email Information is also

available via