PODCAST | Europe and the Arab Uprisings Five Years on: the betrayal of democracy

Co-presented with the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures, theEuropean Studies Program and Sydney Ideas at the University of Sydney

  • 17 March 2016 6:00-7:30pm , University of Sydney
  • Speakers: Andrea Teti, Vrasidas Karalis, Bronwyn Winter 




Recent protest movements in Europe and the Middle East have called for a greater political voice, a more equitable economy, and greater social justice. Yet five years after the mass mobilisation of the ‘Arab Uprisings’ and of Europe’s anti-austerity movements, the message of these protests seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

The Middle East has seen a powerful wave of counter-revolution sweep the region. In Europe political elites have attempted to prevent new leftist movements from achieving power while the political landscape has drifted slowly but surely to the xenophobic right.

This panel considers the response of Europe and the Middle East to the opportunities for democratic transformation afforded by the 2010-15 wave of protests, why those opportunities were missed, and what can be done to address the underlying tensions in these societies.


Andrea Teti

Andrea Teti is Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, where he specialises in Middle Eastern and EU politics. He is currently Scientific Lead on the European Commission funded ArabTransitions consortium, Co-Director of both the Centre for Global Security and Governance, and Senior Fellow of the Brussels-based think tank The European Centre for International Affairs. Andrea has published extensively on Egypt, the Arab uprisings, and European governments’ responses. He has appeared on national and international media, including the BBC, France24, CBC, SBS, Al-Jazeera, and Deutsche Welle. His current research focuses on the politics of democracy. Among his recent publications: are ‘Democracy without Social Justice’ in Middle East Critique journal and Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies (2014).


Professor Vrasidas Karalis

Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Sir Nicholas Laurantos’ Chair in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney. Vrasidas has published extensively on Byzantine historiography, Greek political life, Greek Cinema, European Cinema and contemporary political philosophy. He has also worked extensively as a translator into Greek, including the novels of Patrick White. His recent book The Demons of Athens (2014) is a mix of fiction, reportage and autobiography illustrating the social collapse of Greece after 2009.



Professor Bronwyn Winter

Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter, European Studies and International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney
Bronwyn’s publications include Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf Debate (2008) and September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives(2003). She has written on women, sexual orientation, religion, secularism, ethnicity, violence and the state in a variety of contexts, including, most recently, Tunisia.



Professor John Keane

Professor John Keane (moderator) Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB)and Director of the Sydney Democracy Network.





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Dr Andrea Teti is the keynote speaker for the Iraqi Cultural Day, organised by the Iraqi-Australia Graduate Forum (IAUGF). The 2016 Iraqi Cultural Festival Keynote Speaker is supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.