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RFE/RLive: Echoes of the Spring -- How the Arab World's Transitions are Resonating in Russia, Iran and Iraq

Demonstration in Tikrit, Iraq, 29Mar2013

RFE/RL and the Embassy of the Czech Republic sponsored a Briefing and Google+ Hangout

Echoes of the Spring:

How the Arab World's Transitions are Resonating in Russia, Iran and Iraq

October 4, 2013 -- 11:30AM-12:30PM

RFE/RL - Washington

Watch the Briefing/Hangout here:

The pro-democracy protests of the Arab Spring rippled through North Africa and the Middle East in 2011, bringing down once-secure authoritarian regimes and setting loose passions that continue to roil much of the Arab World. Many people living in the RFE/RL broadcast region express similar desires for change. How has the Arab Spring phenomenon affected attitudes and events in places such as Russia, Iran and Iraq?

We are pleased to host a distinguished panel of experts to address this question in front of a live audience in Washington and via a Google+ Hangout on the Internet. The panel will be moderated by Jiri Schneider, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

In Washington:

  • Christopher Walker, Executive Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies (NED)
  • Golnaz Esfandiari, Senior Correspondent and editor, Persian Letters blog, RFE/RL

In Prague:

  • Irina Lagunina, Managing Editor, RFE/RL Russian Service
  • Sergei Danilochkin, Director, RFE/RL Radio Free Iraq

Watch the discussion on Google+ and YouTube.