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  • Bombs and Ballotsby Krista E. Wiegand

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 119.95

    Using Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine and the Mahdi Army in Iraq as primary case studies, Krista Wiegand skilfully reveals why these groups have become involved in governance, how mainstream governments accept or reject such groups, and how some terrorist groups and militias govern certain territories that are not under mainstream government... more...

  • Civil Society and Democratization in the Arab Worldby Francesco Cavatorta; Vincent Durac

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 44.95

    The transition paradigm has traditionally viewed civil society activism as an essential condition for the establishment of democracy. The democracy promotion strategies of Western policy-makers have, therefore, been based on strengthening civil society in authoritarian settings in order to support the development of social capital -to challenge undemocratic... more...

  • Democracy in the Arab Worldby Ibrahim Elbadawi; Samir Makdisi

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 18.95

    Despite notable socio-economic development in the Arab region, a deficit in democracy and political rights has continued to prevail. This book examines the major reasons underlying the persistence of this democracy deficit over the past decades, drawing on case studies from across the Arab world to explore economic development, political institutions... more...

  • The Arab Awakeningby Kenneth M. Pollack

    Brookings Institution Press 2011; US$ 26.95

    Even the most seasoned Middle East observers were taken aback by the events of early 2011. Protests born of oppression and socioeconomic frustration erupted throughout the streets; public unrest provoked violent police backlash; long-established dictatorships fell. How did this all happen? What might the future look like, and what are the likely ramifications... more...

  • The Arab Revolutionby Jean-Pierre Filiu

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 20.99

    When Mohammad Bouazizi sets himself on fire on December 17, 2010, he started a series of extraordinary events that spread across the Middle East with stunning rapidity. In less than a month, President Ben Ali fled Tunisia, ending a twenty-three year regime. Shortly thereafter, on 11 February 2011, President Mubarak of Egypt stepped down after nearly... more...

  • Voices of the New Arab Publicby Marc Lynch

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 31.99

    Marc Lynch draws on interviews conducted in the Middle East and analyses of Arab satellite television programs, op-ed pages, and public opinion polls to examine the nature, evolution, and influence of the new Arab public sphere. According to Lynch, the days of monolithic Arab opinion are over, and the way in which Arab governments and the United... more...

  • Inevitable Democracy in the Arab Worldby Wissam S. Yafi

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 31.00

    Wissam S. Yafi argues that there are four dynamics leading to inevitable change in the Arab region: geopolitical, geoeconomic, geosocial, and technological. Yafi comes to the conclusion that no system will be able to support the dynamics in place except for democracy. more...

  • The Arab Springby David W. Lesch; Mark L. Haas

    Westview Press 2012; US$ 19.99

    An illuminating volume by noted experts on the Arab Spring revolutions and their impacts, both in the Middle East and around the world more...

  • Democratization in the Arab Worldby Laurel E. Miller; Jeffrey Martini; F. Stephen Larrabee; Angel Rabasa; Stephanie Pezard

    RAND Corporation 2012; US$ 9.95

    Daunting challenges lie ahead for Arab countries where revolutions have upended longstanding authoritarian regimes. This monograph aims to help policymakers understand the challenges ahead, form well-founded expectations, shape diplomatic approaches, and take practical steps to foster positive change. more...

  • Getting to Pluralismby Marina Ottaway; Amr Hamzawy

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2012; US$ 15.99

    Pluralism in the Arab world has not yet matured into functional democratic politics. While ruling establishments, Islamist movements, and secular parties have introduced a much greater degree of pluralism into Arab societies, the imbalance of power and interdependence among these actors limits both the degree of political diversity and its effectiveness... more...