Reuel Marc Gerecht Debates Islamist Leaders Versus Dictators

October 4, 2012
4:00 pm -

Event Description

Better Elected Islamist Than Dictators

Intelligence Squared Debate

New York, New York
Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street

The popular uprisings of the Arab Spring have left a leadership void that Islamist parties have been quick to fill.  A longtime supporter of former strongmen like Egypt’s Mubarak and Tunisia’s Ben Ali, the U.S. now faces the uncomfortable result of Arab democracy—the rise of Islamist parties that are less amenable to the West than their autocratic predecessors.  Will the Islamists, which once embraced violence, slowly liberalize as they face the difficulties of state leadership? Or will it mean the growth of anti-Americanism and radicalization in the region?   *Panelists subject to change


Reuel Marc Gerecht
Brian Katulis


Daniel Pipes
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser


John Donvan


Arab Politics Islamic State Jihadism