Monday on the Couch: Arab Spring 2.0 or a new war in the Gulf?

Monday on the Couch: Arab Spring 2.0 or a new war in the Gulf?

…was the topic discussed on the 20th of January in the Community Space of the iac Berlin. Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran - right across North Africa and the Middle East the protest movements celebrated an unexpected comeback in 2019. At the same time, with the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, a renewed confrontation between Iran and the USA emerged in the early 2020.

Two men discussing.
The two journalists Christoph Sydow (left) and Daniel Gerlach (right) shared
their knowledge on the region.


This Monday on the Couch was held in collaboration with the magazine Zenith, which is specialized on the Middle Eastern and North African region. Chief editor Daniel Gerlach gave many interesting insights into the video documentary “Atlas of the Arab Spring”, a joint production of Zenith with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). The presented video was followed by a lively discussion moderated by Christoph Sydow, an expert in Islamic Studies and editor in the political department of the German newspaper DER SPIEGEL.


We would like to thank Zenith, Daniel Gerlach and Christof Sydow for the great and enriching collaboration and all participants who actively took part in the discussion.

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Monday on the Couch is a discussion format within the Bosch Alumni Network. One Monday each month, we are inviting experts from our network to the iac Community Space to discuss a current political or societal topic. After the discussion, there is time to continue the conversation over drinks.

Are you interested in organizing a Monday on the Couch event? Please feel free to send us some lines with your idea at info@boschalumni.net!

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