Democracy Under Fire? Egypt, Turkey, and Brazil, and a Summer of Discontent

In the Mortara Center’s kick-off event of the 2013-14 academic year, professors Charles King, Kathleen McNamara, James Vreeland, Diana Kapiszewski discussed the recent protests in Egypt, Turkey, and Brazil. Although sparked by seemingly insignificant events, such as raising bus fares and renovating a park, the panelists highlighted how the governments’ responses have been very telling about each country’s unique brand of democracy. Stepping back and looking more broadly at the issues, the panelists drew connections between these countries and how each of these events are related to a larger global trend of discontent. The event ended on a high note with particularly engaging and thought provoking questions posed by the audience.