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Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters

edited by Adam Roberts, Michael J. Willis, Rory McCarthy, Timothy Garton Ash
Format
Book
Published
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780198749028, 0198749023
Summary
"Civil resistance, especially in the form of massive peaceful demonstrations, was at the heart of the Arab Spring-the chain of events in the Middle East and North Africa that erupted in December 2010. It won some notable victories: popular movements helped to bring about the fall of authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Yet these apparent triumphs of non-violent action were followed by disasters-wars in Syria, anarchy in Libya and Yemen, reversion to authoritarian rule in Egypt, and counter-revolution backed by external intervention in Bahrain. Looming over these events was the enduring divide between the Sunni and Shi'a branches of Islam. Why did so much go wrong? Was the problem the methods, leadership and aims of the popular movements, or the conditions of their societies? In this book, experts on these countries, and on the techniques of civil resistance, set the events in their historical, social and political contexts. They describe how governments and outside powers-including the US and EU-responded, how Arab monarchies in Jordan and Morocco undertook to introduce reforms to avert revolution, and why the Arab Spring failed to spark a Palestinian one"--From book jacket.
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xvi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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