Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring 10 Years On
Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Linda Robinson

Dir, RAND Cntr. for Middle East Public Policy

Timothy Kaldas

Nonresident Fellow, Tahrir Institute ME Policy

Prof. Paul Amar

Dir., Center for Global & Int'l Studies-UCSB

Maryam Zar (Moderator)

LA City Commissioner on the Status of Women

February 24, 2021 11:00 AM    Webinar

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As the world anticipates the framework that will guide US foreign policy in the Middle East under a President Biden, LAWACTH is taking the time to look back at how the Middle East has evolved over the last ten years, since the onset of the so-called Arab Spring. We will discuss what movements burgeoned, which ideas took hold, where things failed and how the outlook is as we step into the Biden era.  Before we end, we will take stock of the ways in which China may be poised to take advantage of any void left by the US, to increase its influence in the region. 

Panelists - 
- Linda Robinson, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior international/defense researcher at RAND
- Professor Paul Amar, Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB, author of Dispatches from the Arab Spring
- Timothy Kaldas, Nonresident Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

The conversation will be moderated by Maryam Zar, LAWACTH Member, LA City Commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women, Founder of Womenfound.


Linda Robinson is director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior international/defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. She is also a best-selling book author. She co-authored Modern Political Warfare: Current Practices and Possible Responses, one of RAND’s most downloaded publications of 2018. She is currently leading a study on future warfare including information, cyber, space and special operations. Robinson has published 15 RAND studies and four trade books, including One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare (2013); Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq (2008), Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces (2004), and Intervention or Neglect (1992). She has been a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Johns Hopkins, the Wilson Center and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She has taught a course on influence, information and the media at various senior service educational institutions since 2005.


Timothy E. Kaldas is a Nonresident Fellow at TIMEP. He researches transitional politics in Egypt, regime survival strategies, and Egyptian political economy and foreign policy. Beyond Egypt, his research examines the social and political history of sectarianism in Iraq, U.S. policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict, and discrimination against Muslim Europeans, particularly in France. He previously taught politics as a visiting professor at Nile University in Cairo. His commentary and analysis has been featured on CNN, France 24, BBC World, The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, Reuters and Mada Masr. He is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Opinion.

Paul Amar
, Professor in the Global Studies Department at the University of California Santa Barbara and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, is a political scientist and  anthropologist with affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies,  Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin  American & Iberian Studies. Before he began his academic career, he worked as a journalist in Cairo, a police reformer and sexuality rights activist in Rio de  Janeiro, and as a conflict-resolution and economic development  specialist at the United Nations. His books include: Cairo Cosmopolitan (2006); New Racial Missions of Policing (2010); Global South to the Rescue (2011); Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013);  and The Middle East and Brazil (2014).