The Egyptian Intifada in Historical Perspective
A lecture by Joel Beinin, Stanford University
Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Where did the popular uprising in Egypt come from? Is it due to the demonstration effect of the Tunisian revolt or Web 2.0 social media? The talk argues for the importance of historical social and economic structural factors which are the result of the implementation of neoliberal economic policies and the longstanding policy of the US government to support stable authoritarian regimes in the Arab/Muslim world (and elsewhere) while misleadingly labeling them as “moderate.”
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. In 2001-02 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. He has been associated with the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) since 1980, serving as an editor and contributing editor of Middle East Report. In 2001-02 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982, his A.M. from Harvard University in 1974 and his A.B. from Princeton University in 1970. His research and writing focus on modern and contemporary Egypt, Israel, Palestine, the Arab-Israeli conflict, political Islam, and US policy in the Middle East.
Beinin has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa (Stanford University Press, forthcoming), co-edited with Frédéric Vairel; The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010); and Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals as well as The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Middle East Report, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Jordan Times, Asia Times, and several blogs. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, (US) National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout the world, and he has given frequent interviews to the global print media.
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