Arab Spring topic of lecture

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Arab Spring will be the topic of the 35th Mary Newson Lecture on International Affairs at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at Eureka College. Milan Svolik, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “Democratic Future for the Arab Spring? How Authoritarian Past Shapes the Prospects for Democracy” in the Cerf Center. Admission is free. A reception will follow.

Arab Spring is the series of protests and demonstrations occurring across the Middle East and North Africa since late 2010.

 Svolik’s research centers on the politics of authoritarian regimes and the politics of democratic transitions and consolidations. His articles on the maintenance of and transition from authoritarian rule have been published in American Journal of Political Science and American Political Science Review.  His book titled “The Politics of Authoritarian Rule” is slated for publication by Cambridge University Press this year.  He is working on a new book about democratic transitions and consolidations and the survival of democracies.  

“Dr. Svolik’s insight from a broader study across region and time of the transition and attempted transition from authoritarian rule can help us as we try to understand the unfolding revolutionary events in the Middle East that started with the hope of Arab Spring,” said Eureka College sociology professor William Staudenmeier.

Svolik received a doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago in 2006. He teaches classes in formal political theory, comparative politics and international politics.

The Newson Lecture was established with an endowment by the children of Mary Newson, who was a professor of mathematics at Eureka College from 1921-1941. The lecture is hosted by the college’s Social Science and Business Division. For more information, contact Staudenmeier at 467-6418.