While the Middle East will remain volatile for some time and reform movements are “far from done,” there is reason to be optimistic about the region’s future, government professor Dirk Vandewalle said in a lecture titled “The Middle East a Year Later: Business as Usual?” on Monday in Raether Hall at the Tuck School of Business.
Vandewalle’s lecture focused on the progress made by North African and Middle Eastern countries since the beginning of last year’s popular uprisings. As one of the world’s leading experts on Libya, Vandewalle gave his perspective on current events in the Middle East with a theme of “reasonable optimism.”
Vandewalle said he believes Syria will involve itself in the Middle Eastern situation within the next few weeks as a result of international pressure.
United Nations intervention over the past year has been in accordance with the Responsibility to Protect policy, adopted by the U.N. in 2005, which gives the international community the right to protect civilians of a sovereign state when the state does not or cannot do so, he said.
The lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for International Business and Tuck News.
"mini-elective" course called "Doing Business in the Arab Gulf States."