Dr. Telhami's lecture on Arab culture and revolution in the Middle East contained many reflections of the revolution and situation in the Hunger Games trilogy.
One parallel is the fact that there is a identity issue in both the Arab world and of the districts of Panem. In the Middle East, in the past there has been a significant divide among the different nations so far as who the people identified themselves as. Though many of the countries shared religious and cultural characteristics, citizens of those countries considered themselves to be Saudi Arabian, or Iraqi, or Iranian, etc. There was an individualism that has since started to fade, as in recent years many identify as Arabs or Muslims more than as citizens of their particular nation. It's reasonable to attribute this change as a result of the increased accessibility of information, with people seeing and hearing things about their countries and regions that they were never exposed to before. Similarly, in Panem, the districts were forcibly separated, and thus there was no sense of unity between them despite their common suffering under the Capitol’s rule. In order for the rebellion to happen, they needed a rallying point, and were provided one in Katniss.
Another interesting point Dr. Telhami made was that revolutions, even successful ones, don’t necessarily lead to more stability or even less oppressive regimes. In fact, often there is much instability in places where a dictatorship or something like it has been overthrown. With so much work to do in establishing a new system and new constitutions, societal unrest often results and chaos can ensue. Moreover, the leaders of the rebellious group may not be any better at successfully and righteously leading a country than the people they overthrew. The fact that Katniss realized that President Coin was in many ways just as heartless as President Snow, and her decision to kill President Coin, saved Panem from closely replicating the previous regime.