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Title: Diplomacy and the Arab Spring at 10: A Podcast Mini-Series from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

In April and May 2021, ISD presented a special mini-series as part of its Diplomatic Immunity podcast: Diplomacy and the Arab Spring at 10 – Origins and Legacies of Revolution.

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The series explores the origins, events, and legacies of revolution in five countries — Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Syria — through the eyes of the U.S. ambassador during the Arab Spring to the country in question, in conversation with a young scholar, practitioner, or activist from the region.

We hope the series will provide new insights into the study of the Arab uprisings and their ongoing histories and unfolding legacies, as experienced by participants in the events themselves.

The first episode, “The Tunisian People Have Spoken,” features Ambassador Gordon Gray, and Youssef Cherif of Columbia Global Centers Tunis, with commentary from Tamara Cofman Wittes.

A conversation about the Tahrir Square uprising, revolution in Egypt, and its aftermath between Ambassador Anne Patterson and Mohammed Soliman. Additional commentary from Tamara Cofman Wittes and Rita Stephan:

A conversation about the Arab Spring and its aftermath in Yemen between Ambassador Jerry Feierstein and Yemeni scholar Ibrahim Jalal. Additional commentary from Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Rita Stephan:

A conversation on Libya between Ambassador Gene Cretz and Libyan civil society activist Mohamed Almenfi. Additional commentary from Rita Stephan:

Ambassador Robert Ford in conversation with Syrian activist Maya Haddad. Additional commentary from Ambassador Mark Storella, former deputy assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration:

A conversation about the Arab Spring and its aftermath across the region with Stephanie Williams, former U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Bahrain and Libya, and latterly the UN’s chief mediator on the ground in Libya. Presented by Kelly McFarland, Hammad Hammad, and Alistair Somerville:

Produced by ISD’s Publications Editor, Alistair Somerville, and Director of Programs and Research, Dr. Kelly McFarland, ISD’s Diplomatic Immunity podcast seeks to further ISD’s mission to learn from the past and to connect academics and policymakers in search of solutions to emerging diplomatic challenges.

This podcast is supported by funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Bridging the Gap Initiative. Requests for episode transcripts should be sent to