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Geopolitics and Arab Societies: Keys to today’s upheaval

October 14, 20157:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish and English with simultaneous translation

On the occasion of the presentation of the books “Islamic State: Geopolitics of chaos” and “What Is Left of the Arab Uprisings?: Activists, changes and essentials,” three journalists analyze the current situation.

Casa Árabe and the publishing firm Los Libros de la Catarata have organized this conference, which will deal with the current state of the popular movements in the Arab countries, as well as the expansion of “Daesh,” or the Islamic State.

It will includes talks by Reem Khalifa, an activist and founder of the newspaper Al Wasat in Bahrain; Javier Martín, delegate of the Efe Press Agency in North Africa and author de “Estado Islámico: Geopolítica del caos” (“Islamic State: Geopolitics of chaos”) and David Perejil, a journalist and the editor of “¿Qué queda de las revueltas árabes?: Activistas, cambios y claves” (“What Is Left of the Arab Uprisings?: Activists, changes and essentials”). The event is presented by Karim Hauser, who is responsible for the Governance Area at Casa Árabe.

Libro_Daesh_Javier_MartínThe outbreak of the Arab uprisings in 2011 has gradually been replaced by wars and Jihadist attacks and has now almost vanished off the radar, at least in the main media. However, the demands for social justice made in what is known as the Arab Spring are far from being satisfied. Moreover, the frustration created by the revolutions’ failure has accelerated a return by old ghosts in the region: the uprise of the so-called Islamic State, dictatorships and military interventions.

Understanding the different realities from Rabat to Damascus requires an analysis of the changing geopolitics in the region, while also taking into account the demands of activists, needed to do away with the old systems that have dominated politics in this part of the world.
Geopolitics and Arab Societies: Keys to today’s upheaval
Reem Khalifa
An independent journalist in Bahrain for the local newspaper Al Wasat and an international press agency for which she covered the entire uprising and wrote about human rights and international affairs.

David Perejil
A journalist and social activist in our country and others for several years. In the last year, he has reported on Palestine, Tunisia and Lebanon in various media, including Público, Ctxt, Nueva Tribuna and Hemisferio Zero.

Javier Martín
He is an envoy of the Efe press agency in North Africa and one our country’s journalists with the most experience in the Middle East. A war correspondent in Iraq (2003-2005), Lebanon (2006), Libya (2011), Syria (2012) and Gaza (2014), he re-founded the Efe Agency’s Arab Service in Cairo in 2006 and opened this agency’s first permanent correspondent’s office in Iran (2009-2012), where he covered the repression against the opposition Green Movement, and he was an envoy to Israel and Palestine. With a degree in Arabic and Hebrew Philology, he is a specialist in Shiite Islam and is the author of the books “Hizbulah: El brazo armado de dios” (“Hezbollah: The Armed Hand of God”), “Los Hermanos Musulmanes” (“the Muslim Brotherhood”) and “La Casa de Saud” (“The House of Saud”), all published by Los Libros de la Catarata. A conference speaker and writer for newspapers such as El País, on two occasions he has been a finalist for the prestigious Cirilo Rodríguez Award for foreign correspondents.