Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters by Adam Roberts

Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters

EditorAdam Roberts, Michael J. Willis, Rory Mccarthy

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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 ofauthoritarian 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. Loomingover 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. Theydescribe 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. They indicate how and why Tunisia remained, precariously, thecountry that experienced the most political change for the lowest cost in bloodshed.This book provides a vivid illustrated account and rigorous scholarly analysis of the course and fate, the strengths and the weaknesses, of the Arab Spring. The authors draw clear and challenging conclusions from these tumultuous events. Above all, they show how civil resistance aiming at regimechange is not enough: building the institutions and the trust necessary for reforms to be implemented and democracy to develop is a more difficult but equally crucial task.

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Adam Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He has written on many aspects of international relations, including on civil resistance against authoritarian regimes, and on foreign military occupations in the Middle East. He served as President o...
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Title:Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and DisastersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:February 6, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Chibli Mallat and Edward Mortimer: The Background to Civil Resistance in the Middle East2. Michael J. Willis: Revolt for Dignity: Tunisia's Revolution and Civil Resistance3. M. Cherif Bassiouni: Egypt's Unfinished Revolution4. Elham Fakhro: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Bahrain5. George Joffe: Civil Resistance in Libya during the Arab Spring6. Helen Lackner: The Change Squares of Yemen: Civil Resistance in an Unlikely Context7. Jacob Amis: Hirak! Civil Resistance and the Jordan Spring8. Driss Maghraoui: Morocco: Obedience, Civil Resistance, and Dispersed Solidarities9. Raymond Hinnebusch, Omar Imady, and Tina Zintl: Civil Resistance in the Syrian Uprising: From Democratic Transition to Sectarian Civil War10. Wendy Pearlman: Palestine and the Arab Uprisings11. Adam Roberts: Civil Resistance and the Fate of the Arab Spring