Kroc Responds to Middle East Tumult

Author: Joan Fallon

Kroc Institute faculty have been following with special interest the tumultuous events transforming Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Yemen, and other countries in the Middle East. 

“The phrase ‘history making’ may well apply to the unfolding drama gripping the Middle East and indeed the world,” says Scott Appleby, professor of history and director of the Kroc Institute, a leading center for the study of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace at the University of Notre Dame.

“A generation ago, non-violent, justice-driven revolutions erupted from Eastern Europe to the Philippines, captivating the imagination of peacebuilders and humanitarians everywhere. How much of this phenomenon are we witnessing today, and how can we apply lessons from the past and fresh insights from our own research? This is the opportunity before us at the Kroc Institute, as we strive to interpret the meaning of the history-making developments before us.”

To draw faculty, students and the community into this conversation, the Kroc Institute has organized a public panel entitled “Democratic Revolution in the Middle East? The Rise of Civil Disobedience in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, and Beyond.”

The panel, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m., Feb. 9 (Weds.), in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

The following Kroc Institute faculty experts will review recent events in the Middle East and examine the implications for nonviolent social change and the realignment of political dynamics in the region:

Emad Shahin, Henry R. Luce Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. Shahin has spent nearly a week providing commentary to news outlets that include the New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, Al-Jazeera, and Voice of America.

Asher Kaufman, associate professor of history and peace studies.

David Cortright, director of policy studies. 

Atalia Omer, assistant professor of religion, conflict and peace studies, will moderate the panel.

Contact: Joan Fallon,, 574-631-8819