Thousands of opponents of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammad Morsi protest as they shout slogans and wave national flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo, in 2013.
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The presence of strong security agencies in Algeria is the main reason the North African nation was so resistant to the political changes that swept the Arab world over the past five years, a university professor told a conference at the American University of Beirut Thursday. To a packed crowd of students, Dr. Abdel-Nasser Jabi expounded on the history of Algeria. Since independence, Algeria's security services have only had three different heads, Jabi explained.Jabi presented the paper, "Algeria: The Fear of Political Change," at the three-day conference entitled "The Arab Revolutions Five Years On". The presenters were selected from a pool of some 200 intellectuals who responded to the center's call for papers.Two academics would review a paper and then return it to the author to perform the required edits.Geha investigated how a sectarian system based on power sharing can respond to challenges of mobilization and demobilization.For subjects the organizers felt were not covered by the papers that had been submitted, they invited keynote speakers to discuss them.
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