From the Editors
From media coverage to academic debate on the Middle East, the dominant narrative since the attack on the twin towers has been about the "D word"--democracy. The Arab world was traditionally portrayed in western eyes as an exception in terms of modernization and democratization. Meanwhile, Iraq was torn to pieces in the name of "democracy and its political system remains as authoritarian as ever. Since 2011, the Arab Spring has introduced a powerful ...Keep Reading »
Looking back at 2011, the effect of the Arab Spring is still lingering. People have risen in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, initiating a worldwide quest for political rights and social justice. Once characterized as politically and economically stagnant by neo-Orientalists, the Arab world set the regional and international agenda of the last year. From Madrid to the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations throughout the US, a powerful source of inspiration was ...Keep Reading »
Marwa Daoudy is a lecturer at St Antony's College, the University of Oxford (UK), currently visiting scholar at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (USA).
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