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March 8: The Arab Spring

Our Dialogue Group will be complimented with a special visit from Dr. Keith Martin, the Moroccan Honorary Counselor in Utah. He has done extensive academic research and business in the Arab region, including a particular focus on issues in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Lybia.

A few questions I sent to him and that you might want to consider for our gathering on March 8:

1) How would you define the "Arab Spring" and what are some of the key triggers and/or inputs for this recent global shift?

2) During the past year, popular movements have brought a range of avowedly Islamist political parties to power, replacing the largely secular former regimes. In your opinion, what that will mean for the region and the world stage?

3) What are some of the reasons for the difference in the peaceful transition experienced in Morocco (in contrast, for example, with Tunisia)?

4) What ripples may be felt in the West (e.g. the USA and for US businesses or tourists) through the influence of the Arab Spring? 


Professor Moha Ennaji from Morocco: article on “Arab Spring” 
Dr. Martin is the host of the Ambassador of Morocco this week in Utah.  Attached is the article on his speech at BYU.