“Promoting Democracy: The Force of Political Settlements in Uncertain Times” Book Talk with Author Manal Ahmad Jamal, PhD

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  Friday, October 9, 2020
  12 - 1:30 p.m.
  Stephens Hall
  Manal A. Jamal, PhD: Peter Bartu, PhD

12:00 pm PST / 3:00 pm EST

Democracy promotion is a central pillar of the foreign policy of many states, but the results are often disappointing. In Promoting Democracy, Manal A. Jamal examines why these efforts succeed in some countries, but fail in others. A former journalist and researcher in the Palestinian territories, she offers an up-close perspective of the ways in which Western donor funding has, on one hand, undermined political participation in cases such as the Palestinian territories, and, on the other hand, succeeded in bolstering political engagement in cases such as El Salvador.

Based on five fieldwork trips and over 150 interviews with grassroots activists, political leaders, and directors and program officers in donor agencies and NGOs, Jamal brings into focus an often-overlooked perspective: the experiences of those directly affected by this assistance. Promoting Democracy makes an important and timely argument about how political settlements ultimately shape democracy promotion efforts, and what political choices Western state sponsored donors can make to maximize successful outcomes in different contexts across the world.

CMES Senior Research Scholar and UC Berkeley Professor of Global Studies Peter Bartu will join the author, Professor Manal A. Jamal of James Madison University for a talk about her recently published book, Promoting Democracy.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314



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