“North Africa and Middle East Popular Revolutions: Is Now the Time for People’s Power?” will be the subject of a panel discussion on Monday May 16, from 5-7 p.m., in Saxbe Auditorium, 55 W. 12th Avenue, in the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

Victories recently won by the Tunisian and Egyptian people brought an end to the brutal authoritarian regimes of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, to reshape societies in Tunisia and Egypt. These victories also have opened the path for more radical transformation in the wider region of North Africa and the Middle East. Popular uprisings have since taken place in Algeria, Bahrain, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria, Yemen, and other countries in the region, rocking the ruling elites throughout the region and beyond. These peaceful mobilizations and protests may have implications of global significance for those interested in shifting power dynamics and geopolitics.

A panel of speakers will explore the broader context and significance of these revolutions and uprisings and their potential ramifications on global geopolitics beyond the region. Speakers will include: Laila AlArian, writer and producer for Al Jazeera English in Washington D.C.; Franco Barchiesi, assistant professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University; and Fadhel Kaboub, assistant professor of economics at Denison University.

The discussion will be moderated by Guisela Latorre, associate professor of women’s studies at The Ohio State University. The event, sponsored by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, is open to the public at no charge. No reservations are necessary. For more information, go to kirwaninstitute.org.