Prof. Imad MansourIn may 2013, Dr. Imad Mansour, Professor at Mc Gill University and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Paris, delivered a presentation on a very current topic, in Professor Cristini’s class on Fundamentalism; the presentation was entitled: “ Geo-Political Influences on Arab Spring States: How Regional Security Institutions Impact Domestic Transformations”.

The content of this intervention, which was really appreciated by students of the Master in International Business Management, is the following:

“The Arab states system is currently experiencing an important historical process called the Arab Spring that is affecting states and societies at multiple levels, in positive and negative ways, and is ongoing. This process largely occurring within Arab states is acting not only at the domestic but at the regional level where it is having significant implications (such as shifting interstate alliances, undermining border controls with flows of guns and armed groups).

Historically, the Arab states system has been defined by absent or weak regional security institutions that we know (from other regions) are important in generating and maintaining regional stability and prosperity and mitigating intra- and extra-regional threats and challenges (be they military, political, economic, etc.). At their essence, these institutions are important in stabilizing the domestic realms of regional states. The effects of this Arab Spring as a domestic process, therefore, necessarily interact with the other major feature of the Middle East today, namely, weak regional security institutions. Weaknesses of such institutions accentuate threats perceived by regimes newly born in – and with – the Arab Spring, and complicate attempts at domestic stabilization, consolidation, and state-building (at least in the short-term).

In this talk Professor Mansour investigated the multifaceted impacts of existing regional security institutions on Arab Spring states. This enables to make more sense of what is happening in affected states, and understand ongoing (and future) challenges to regimes and societies.”