In the aftermath of the stolen presidential election in 2009, pro-democracy protests rocked the Islamic Republic of Iran leading to the emergence of the Green Movement. This democratic movement prefigured the 2011 Arab democratic revolts by virtue of its root causes, its core grievances,its nonviolent orientation, its 'secular' democratic aspirations and the central role played by internet-savvy young people. Why did the Green Movement fail, despite its earlier manifestation, while similar democratic movements in Tunisia and Egypt have been largely successful? How has iran been affected by the Arab Spring? What are the prospects for democracy in Iran? This lecture answers these questions via a comparative analysis of democratic struggles and authoritarian regimes in the Muslim world. Presented by CU Boulder Journalism and Mass Communication and sponsored by CU Center for Asian Studies and The Center for Media, Religion, and Culture. The lecture was held Thursday, 1 March, 2012.

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