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Former Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister to Speak at Northwestern

Marwan Muasher to discuss Arab Spring and role of the Muslim Brotherhood

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April 24, 2012 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Former Jordanian foreign minister and deputy prime minister Marwan Muasher will deliver a lecture about religion, revolution and reform in the Middle East on Sunday, April 29, at Northwestern University.

Muasher, who now is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will speak on “The Middle East and North Africa at a Crossroads: Religion, Revolution and Reform,” at 5 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Muasher served as Jordan’s foreign minister from 2002 to 2004 and deputy prime minister from 2004 to 2005. His remarks at Northwestern will touch on the outcome of the recent Arab revolutions and the rising role of political Islam in Egypt, Jordan and North Africa. He also will discuss Jordan’s recent ban on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Muasher began his career as a journalist for the Jordan Times, later serving as a press adviser to Jordan’s prime minister. He opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel in 1995 and, in 1996, became minister of information. As foreign minister, he played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Road Map. 

More recently, Muasher served as senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank from 2007 to 2010. He is the author of “The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation,” published in 2008 by Yale University Press. At the Carnegie Endowment, he oversees the Endowment’s Middle East research in Washington, D.C. and Beirut.

The lecture is a presentation of the Northwestern Middle East Forum, which is co-chaired by Elie Rekhess, Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies, and Hendrik Spruyt, professor of political science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. It is sponsored by the Buffett Center and the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies

For information, call (847) 491-2612 or visit the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at http://www.cics.northwestern.edu/programs/numef/.