Recording of the event available here:
Launch webinar for the book Political Narratives in the Middle East and North Africa
Political Narratives in the Middle East and North Africa: Conceptions of Order and Perceptions of Instability (Springer) discusses the role of political narratives in shaping perceptions of instability and conceptions of order in the MENA region. The authors illustrate how, in times of socio-political turmoil and outbursts of discontent such as the Arab Spring, political entrepreneurs explain and justify their political agendas by complementing hard power solutions with attractive ideas and discursive constructions that appeal to domestic constituencies and geopolitical allies.
In this webinar, contributors to the book will provide insights into the performative role of political narratives in the MENA region. They have chosen political narratives as a conceptual lens to improve the understanding of how political entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa operate on the rhetorical level. After presentations covering the non-state actor Hezbollah, the regional dispute around the Persian Gulf, and the role of the assertive, re-merging global player Russia, we’ll hear short comments from other contributors to the edited volume and have time for questions and discussion.
The webinar is organised in collaboration with the Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies/University of Helsinki.
Please register by the 23rd of April by sending an email to institute(at)fime.fi
Inka Nokso-Koivisto, Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, inka.nokso-koivisto(at)fime.fi, 040-732 0776