School of Global Politics 2013

The Arab Spring two years later

Course overview

The School of Global Politics has been conceived as a cycle of seminars about international political issues, tackled by some of the most important specialists in the topics covered.

Two years after the authoritarian status quo was shattered by the transnational protest movements of 2011, Arab countries are now facing the complexity of unexpected political transitions. Egypt, Tunisia and Libya have gone through democratic elections but new elected governments are hanging off in fulfilling the rapidly emerging social demands; Syria has plunged in a cruel and stagnant civil war. In Bahrain the regime's coercive machine has been heavily frustrating people's democratic aspirations. The path to democracy seems to be hardest than both peoples and enthusiastic observers expected in 2011. Monarchies have undoubtedly fared better than republics the domestic upheavals. However both old and new powers are presented with longer-term challenges in terms of their strategies of political legitimation and in terms of the potential for political reforms. Finally, in the renewed framework of this changing Middle East, Israel remains the hard variable of the regional equation. The immense challenge that face those Arab population still struggling to reform or end authoritarian regimes raises many questions.

The 2013 edition of the School aims at exploring the new political dynamics that are reshaping the Arab world at both domestic and regional levels, through a country-by-country critical analysis. Our scope is to offer some insights into how this new historic juncture came to pass, and to reflect on where it might be headed. The most of the lectures will be given by scholars from the best Universities in the Middle East: a unique feature combining the scientific approach with the adherence to the political reality.


The School of Global Politics aims at providing an overview of the international dynamics through different academic analysis. For this purpose the subjects will be discussed with a method that combines economic, political and social perspectives.

Participants profile

The program is addressed to scholars, students (graduate and postgraduate level) and professionals, who wish to deepen their knowledge on the Middle Eastern scenario, its evolution in the very next years, its political and economic consequences on the Arab societies, attending a highly qualified training path.

Certificate of Attendance

A final Certificate of Attendance issued by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore will be provided to participants (4 lectures minimum).


  • Introducing a world class of Italian and international faculty providing the skills to enable correct reading of global phenomena
  • Deepening knowledge of the international environment and its dynamics
  • Debating and analysis of current and future scenarios and perspectives of the Arab world
  • Top level lecturers skilled to address both scholars and professionals
  • XX Century villa in the heart of Milan
  • Dedicated staff


Opening lecture
March 22nd 2013, 6:00 pm
Egypt: not just a tale of two stories
Baghat Korany, The American University in Cairo | Photo gallery>

April 12th 2013, 6:00 pm
Israel and the missing opportunity
Avi Shlaim, University of Oxford | Photo gallery>


Leaflet in PDF format (554,50 KB)

Academic Year
Start date
12 April 2013