Robert F. Worth

Contributor for The New York Times Magazine

PATRON EVENT: Legacies of the Arab Spring

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This is a Patron Event and will run from 6:30-8:00pm

Little noticed by the world, Yemen had a pro-democracy protest camp in its capital, Sana’a, nearly a year before January 2011 when the Arab Spring erupted in Tunisia and Egypt, followed by Bahrain, Libya, and Syria. Yemen's fledgling movement earned one of its activists the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

Yet today, Yemen is a humanitarian disaster as a proxy war rages between Saudi Arabia and Iran. With the possible exception of Tunisia, none of the pro-democracy movements survived the authoritarian rulers, the rise of ISIS, and the chaos that followed. What has become of the leaders of the Arab uprisings and the causes they championed? What are the legacies of the Arab Spring?

About the Speaker

Robert F. Worth, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, covers the Middle East. He reported from Baghdad for the Times from 2003 to 2006 and served as Beirut bureau chief from 2007 to 2011. His book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS won the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize and Silver Medal Arthur Ross Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. Educated at Wesleyan and Princeton Universities, Worth currently lives in Washington, D.C.