MENA Democratization Seminar 2015


​Middle East and North Africa Democratization
Seminar Fall 2015

  2 September 2015
Marine Corps University
Gray Research Center
2040 Broadway Street
Quantico, VA 22134

Background and Purpose

As the Marines are continually asked to serve in the Middle East, this seminar is designed to foster a deeper understanding of the concept of democracy in this complex security environment and encourage dialogue among students, faculty, and outside experts. We at Middle East Studies believe it is incumbent upon those of us with the knowledge, experience, and expertise to help shape this dialogue and inform the minds of our future civilian and military leaders. This seminar brings together policymakers, military and civilian subject matter experts, and scholars with different areas of expertise in the MENA region to discuss issues, including, but not limited to, United States’ expectations from the expansion of democratic norms and institutions in the MENA, differences in perceptions and policies about democracy and democracy promotion among U.S. policymakers and regional actors, and the evolution of the concept of democracy in the region, especially since 9/11, the U.S. military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, events associated with the Arab uprisings, and the current upsurge of terrorist activities in the region.

Program (Agenda & Bios)


All opinions expressed by the speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent the views and positions of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps University, or any other governmental agency.

Seminar Info 

Adam C. Seitz
Senior Research Associate, Middle East Studies
Marine Corps University

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