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Jillian Schwedler, Joshua Stacher, and Stacey Philbrick Yadav


Three Powerfully Wrong--and Wrongly Powerful--American Narratives about the Arab Spring

[Egyptian carrying sign in Tahrir. Image from Politirature.]

The “Arab Spring” that actually began in the dead of winter has spread from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria…and the year only half over. As the media, policymakers, and global audiences struggle to make sense of changes that have inspired hundreds of millions to “just say no” to decades of dictatorship, a number of narratives have taken hold in the US—evident in remarks on cable news talk shows, at academic and policy symposia, and on ...

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Jillian Schwedler, Joshua Stacher, and Stacey Philbrick Yadav
Jillian Schwedler teaches political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is author of numerous books and articles, including the award-winning Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (Cambridge 2006) and co-editor (with Laleh Khalili) of Policing and Prisons in the Middle East (Columbia/Hurst 2010). She is former Chair of the Board of Directors and member of the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report.
josh Stacher is an assistant professor of political science at Kent State University. He specializes on politics in Egypt and Syria. He has published on authoritarian elections, hereditary succession, human rights and the Egyptian Society of Muslim Brothers. His book, which compares regime power and adaptation in Egypt and Syria, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press (expected Spring 2012). 
Stacey Philbrick Yadav is the coordinator of the Middle Eastern Studies program and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.  She studies the role of Islamist parties in building and sustaining cross-ideological opposition alliances, and has done field research in Yemen, Lebanon, and Egypt.