SATURDAY, November 17, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

From Dictatorship to Democracy paperback by Gene Sharp
Video of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita speaking on Iran’s Future

Jackie Hazelton

It is not necessary to read the book to attend but you are encouraged to do so.  Jackie will summarize the book and lead the discussion.

The New York Times had this to say:
‘Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood.  His name is Gene Sharp.  Stoop-shouldered and white-haired at eighty-three, he grows orchids, has yet to master the Internet and hardly seems like a dangerous man.

Few Americans have heard of Dr. Sharp.  But for decades, his practical writings on non-violent revolution – most notably From Dictatorship to Democracy, a guide to toppling autocrats, available in more than thirty languages – have inspired dissidents around the world, including in Burma, Bosnia, Estonia, and Zimbabwe, and now in Tunisia and Egypt.

When Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement was struggling to recover from a failed effort in 2005, its leaders tossed around ‘crazy ideas’ about bringing down the government, said Ahmed Maher, a leading strategist.  They stumbled on Dr. Sharp while examining the Serbian movement Otpor, which he had influenced.

Dr. Sharp, hard-nosed yet exceedingly shy, is careful not to take credit.  He is more thinker than revolutionary.  While seeing the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak as a sign of “encouragement,” Dr. Sharp said, “The people of Egypt did that – not me.”

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