Development Studies Seminar Series: Gilbert Achcar and Hassan Sherry on "Neoliberal Dogmatism: The IMF and the Arab Spring" - SOAS, 5 December

2nd Dec, 2017

Professor Gilbert Achcar

Hassan Sherry

Neoliberal Dogmatism: The IMF and the 'Arab Spring'
Tuesday, 5 December, 5-7PM

Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main Building

 

The Catastrophic Consequences of Neoliberal Dogmatism in the MENA Region

The neoliberal doctrine's postulates are completely inconsistent with the realities of the MENA region. They have produced catastrophic results, which laid the ground for the regional upheaval known as the 'Arab Spring'. And yet, the IMF keeps advocating more of the same.

 

Gilbert Achcar is Professor in Development Studies at SOAS. On the topic of this talk, he has published The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013) and a sequel Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising (2016).

 

The Myth of a Changing IMF: Unpacking IMF Conditionality in MENA Post-Uprisings

The IMF's engagement with Arab countries since the 2011 uprisings and its policy design have drifted away from the institution's rhetorical focus on sustainable development, while converging more intensely into its more traditional, neoliberal doctrinaire view of economic development.

 

Hassan Sherry is a PhD candidate in Economics at SOAS. His research focuses on late industrialisation in Lebanon. He has written on the Arab uprisings, social justice, and the role of the international financial institutions in the MENA.

 

All welcome, no need to book but please do arrive early to be sure of a seat. Details of all events in the seminar series are provided below. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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SOAS DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES & UCL, BLOOMSBURY AND EAST LONDON DOCTORAL TRAINING PARTNERSHIP

Seminar Series, Term 1, 2017-18

Tuesdays, 5-7PM

Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main Building

All welcome, no need to book

* 5 December *

Professor Gilbert Achcar

Hassan Sherry
Neoliberal Dogmatism: The IMF and the 'Arab Spring'
 

* 9 December *

ONE DAY PUBLIC CONFERENCE AND BOOK LAUNCH

AT THE BRUNEI GALLERY EXHIBITION 'BEHIND THE INDIAN BOOM'

 

Ground Down By Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India
 

10am - 7.30pm, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main Building

Free tickets and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ground-down-by-growth-tribe-caste-class-and-inequality-in-21st-century-india-tickets-39121567662
 

Further details are available on the SOAS Development Studies Department website: https://www.soas.ac.uk/development/events/devstudseminars/