Political upheaval, violence, and the Sunni-Shia divide have defined the Middle East and North Africa to outside observers for many years, but states across the region also confront shared global challenges of demographic transitions and governance in the age of social media, as well as the compelling economic potential of new technologies. The discussion will address what these profound undercurrents, as well as the changing climate and expanding role of women, mean for the major Arab states, Turkey, Iran, and Israel.

The Hoover Institution hosted a public panel discussion "The Middle East in an Emerging World" on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 4:00pm - 5:15pm PST. The livestream can be viewed below.


Moderated by Abbas Milani, Hoover Institution.


  1. Hicham Alaoui, Harvard University
  2. Houssem Aoudi, Tunisian entrepreneur
  3. Lisa Blaydes, Stanford University
  4. Arye Carmon, Hoover Institution
  5. Aykan Erdemir, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  6. Roya Pakzad, Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University

This event is open to the general public and part of a series led by George P. Shultz whose intention is to learn from our changing world, to map our governance options in response, and to help structure a variety of efforts going forward. 

To find out more about this lecture series, click here.

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