Arab Spring

Opinion – The Arab Uprisings Ten Years On

Zaynab El Bernoussi • Feb 4 2021 • Articles

The Arab Spring makes a connection to the 1848 Spring of Nations in Europe, which were popular uprisings against old monarchical rulings. This continues an orientalist tradition of likening the East to a so-called more advanced West.

Brexit, Hong Kong and the Arab Spring: Voices of the People

Jeffrey Haynes • Oct 31 2020 • Articles

Demands for change, whether on the streets or via the ballot box, underline how people living in both democratic and non-democratic states want more from those in power.

Towards an ‘American Spring’ of Justice and Equality?

Houssem Ben Lazreg and Amira Hassnaoui • Jun 3 2020 • Articles

The George Floyd protests and earlier movements in the MENA region prove that values such as dignity, equality, and justice are not exclusively achievements of Western civilization.

Geography, Resources and the Geopolitics of Middle East Conflicts

Dina Rashed • May 24 2019 • Articles

Many have claimed the failure of states as a result of the uprisings and how they have led to destruction, yet overlook the role of states in creating these militias.

Elite Choices, Path Dependency and the Arab Spring

Akis Kalaitzidis • May 20 2019 • Articles

Structural and demographic factors have been favoured as explanations for the Arab Spring, but more careful analysis and research points to the impact of national elites.

Looking Back at 2011

Sujay Ghosh • Dec 28 2018 • Articles

2011 is a moment in history which encapsulated the impulse for achieving democracy yet a review of subsequent events show democratisation is an extremely complex process.

Technology and Tyranny: Social Media and the End of the Liberal World Order

Jean-Marie Chenou • Nov 22 2018 • Articles

Social media are used by authoritarian regimes and tyrants – and as instruments of resistance. In both cases, they participate in the redefinition of the world order.

Online Resources – The Arab League

E-International Relations • Apr 22 2018 • Online resources

A brief introduction to the Arab League, also known as the League of Arab States, with links and media to further explore.

Huntington vs. Mearsheimer vs. Fukuyama: Which Post-Cold War Thesis is Most Accurate?

Glen M.E. Duerr • Apr 22 2018 • Articles

Scholars cannot discount Huntington because core parts of his arguments still remain relevant to the narratives of today even if he is incorrect in some places.

Review – The Square

Lucia Sorbera • May 5 2017 • Features

Noujaim’s documentary masterfully conserves the Egyptian revolution for future generations, and thereby confirms the relevance of film for liberation struggles.

Voices of the People

Jeffrey Haynes • Jan 16 2017 • Articles

Connectedness and shared ideas collectively characterise today’s popular protests. We can expect to see more such protests as people across the world raise their voices and demand change.

The Legacy of the Obama Administration

Glen Segell • Oct 30 2016 • Articles

During Obama’s tenure America’s global leadership has declined to its lowest ebb leaving some allies to wonder how much they can rely on the US.

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