The Arab Spring and its Effect on the Middle East and World Order
Luncheon Presentation by Dan Meridor, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Israel
Registration at 12:15pm
Luncheon at 12:30 pm
Closes at 2:00 pm
The Arab Spring - the democratic uprisings that arose independently and spread across the Arab world in 2011 - took everyone by surprise. The euphoria experienced during those times has since succumbed to the colossal challenge of creating rights-respecting democracies, a painstaking process that requires building effective institutions of governance, establishing independent courts, creating professional police and observing human rights and the rule of law. How has it shaped and impacted on the Middle East, Israel and the world? How will developments play out? What progress - if any - has been made towards the vocal demands of the protesters? How willing have the new governments been in respecting rights and implementing genuine democracy? Alternatively, will they simply choose an alternative form of authoritarianism?
Dan Meridor was Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Intelligence in the Government of Israel from 2009 to 2013. He served in public positions for many years including as Minister in charge of strategic affairs; Minister of Finance; Minister of Justice; Member of the Inner Cabinet; and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset;. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1984 and served until 2003, and was re-elected in 2009. Between 2003 and 2008, Mr. Meridor practiced law at Haim Zadok & Co Law Offices and also served as Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation. Mr. Meridor is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University.