In a roundtable discussion led by Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson, journalist and author Marwan Muasher will be discussing his new book, “The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism,” in which he provides essential steps for the next generation of leaders to create opportunity for the region. Muasher assesses each Arab state’s progress toward pluralism, the economic and social issues it must address, the key players in its current political scene, and the potential third forces that might drive reform. He provides essential information on each Islamic party’s historical and current positions, highlighting differences that are often overlooked. He makes clear the ways misguided Western efforts to combat Islamism have strengthened it, and provides the most thorough analysis available of the ways the Israeli-Palestinian conflict interferes with the development of pluralism and peace in the region.
Books will be available for purchase after the event.