Marina Ottaway, a senior scholar at the Washington D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar, will speak on "How Not to Write a Constitution: Lessons from Egypt." The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Amaney Jamal, associate professor of politics and director of the Workshop on Arab Political Development, will moderate the discussion.
Ottaway, a long-time analyst of political transformations in Africa and the Middle East, is currently researching the processes triggered by the Arab uprisings, particularly in Egypt and the Maghreb. Before joining the Wilson Center, she was director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East Program, where she worked on issues of political transformations in the Middle East and Gulf security. Her most recent book, which she coedited with Christopher Boucek, is “Yemen on the Brink” (2010).
The lecture is cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice; the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia; and the Department of and Program in Near Eastern Studies.