Ian Shapiro

A PATH THROUGH CRISIS: South African Lessons for the Middle East
Date: 27 Jun 2013

About the talk:
With protests emerging daily from Istanbul to Luxor and seemingly everywhere in between, now more than ever the Middle East seethes with tension. Can we carve a path forward through these crises? To arm or not to arm rebels in Syria? Does the recent Iranian election offer a moderate opening that should be engaged, or is it a prelude to hard-line Islamic reassertion?

Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale as he illuminated recent developments in the Middle East. Based on his extensive study of the creation of viable democratic regimes, including interviews with many of the players who negotiated the South African transition between 1990 and 1994, Professor Shapiro discussed the prospects for a settlement of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the broader implications for the Arab spring and subsequent developments.

About the speaker:  Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, and Nuffield College, Oxford. His most recent books are The Real World of Democratic Theory; Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror; The Flight From Reality in the Human Sciences; and Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing Inherited Wealth (with Michael Graetz). His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.

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