Diamond’s work as a democracy advocate inspired the recently released documentary “A Whisper to a Roar,” which explores the personal stories of democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, spoke Monday at Stanford Law School on the “fundamental” flaws in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In the talk, titled, “Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Why International Law Matters,” Falk expressed his pessimism at the possibility of peace emerging from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in its current form.
Undergraduate and graduate students alike gathered on Wednesday evening to kick off the official meeting of the Arab Studies Table, a new interdisciplinary forum that aims to “be an opportunity to present research, debate issues on the Arab world and engage with outside speakers visiting Stanford.”
Gilbert Achcar, professor of development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, delivered a lecture Wednesday evening on the roots and dynamics of the 2011 revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Ahmed Benchemsi, visiting scholar at the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies’ Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), delivered a talk on Thursday titled, “The Illusion of Democracy: How Morocco’s Absolute Monarchy Managed the Arab Spring.”