The Arab Spring and Arab Thaw: Unfinished Revolutions and the Quest for Democracy

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What were the unifying principles or strategies that governed the protest movements that swept the Middle East and North Africa in the spring of 2011? Who were the protestors and how did the different authoritarian regimes respond to them? How did regional and international institutions react to a region in turmoil? The Arab Spring and Arab Thaw; Unfinished Revolutions and the Quest for Democracy addresses these questions by examining a range of successful and unsuccessful protest strategies and counter revolutionary tactics employed by protestors and autocratic regimes. Contributors explore the reactions of the USA, EU and Arab League to events in the region and provide insight as to the gendered dimensions of the struggle along with the ethnic and tribal divisions that continue to impact the post-revolt period. By addressing these critical queries the book demonstrate how the Arab Spring has evolved into a protracted Arab Thaw that continues to profoundly affect regional and international politics.
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About the author

Dr John Davis is at the Trinity Washington University, USA. His specialities include: International Terrorism, American Foreign Policy, International Law, and National Security, and area concerns are The Middle East and Africa.
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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Apr 1, 2016
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Pages
310
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ISBN
9781317044888
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Middle East / General
Religion / Religion, Politics & State
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