Danny Postel, assistant director of Middle Eastern and North African studies at Northwestern University, interviews author Gilbert Achcar on the subject of the continuing consequences of the Arab Spring and Achcar's most recent book, Morbid Symptoms. Recorded 10 July 2018 at After-Words Books in Chicago.
Danny Postel is the assistant director of the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University. He is co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (2011), The Syria Dilemma (2013), and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (2017). He worked for several years in the labor movement, as communications coordinator for Interfaith Worker Justice and as communications specialist for Stand Up! Chicago, a coalition of labor unions and grassroots community organizations. He is the producer of the MENA Dialogues series and the former producer of Middle East Dialogues series.
Gilbert Achcar has degrees in philosophy (ESL, Beirut), social sciences (UL, Beirut) and a PhD in social history/international relations (University of Paris-VIII). Before joining SOAS in 2007, he taught and/or researched in various universities and research centres in Beirut, Berlin, and Paris. His many books, published in a total of fifteen languages, include: The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2002, 2006); Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky (2007, 2008); The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2010); Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (2013); The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013); and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising (2016).
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