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Minorities in a Turbulent Middle East: From Authoritarianism to Revolution and Civil War

  • 208 Knox Hall, Columbia University (map)

A Discussion with Harout Ekmanian.

Were minorities really safe under authoritarian dictatorships after Colonial mandates left the Near East region as the official narratives claim? How and at what expense did they did sustain their cultural, religious, and civic rights under these regimes? How are they surviving in the midst of the sectarian storms sweeping the region more recently?

Raised in Syria, Harout Ekmanian is a journalist and lawyer currently based in Armenia. He reports on Turkey and the Middle East, focusing on regional dialogue and the conflict in Syria.