Middle East Report
RETURN TO REVOLUTION
The 2019 uprisings in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, and Iraq, in addition to resurgent protests in Morocco and Jordan—all countries that did not experience revolutionary uprisings in 2011—extend the previous wave of revolt to the rest of the region. Protestors are no longer content with merely toppling their unelected dictators as we saw in 2011: They are demanding a fundamental change of the entire political and economic system. In Iraq and Lebanon, they are also rejecting the entire political class and their use of sectarianism to maintain their wealth and rule, chanting, “All of them means all of them!”
MERIP devotes this double issue Return to Revolution to assessing the nature of the challenges confronting this new wave of uprisings through the interrelated themes of continuity, entanglement, and counterrevolution.
Table of Contents
Return to Revolution by The Editors
Iraqis Demand a Country by Zahra Ali
Lebanon’s Thawra by Rima Majed and Lana Salman
From Protesta to Hirak to Algeria’s New Revolutionary Moment by Robert Parks
Dhiban as Barometer of Jordan’s Rural Discontent by Colfax Phillips
Cracks in Tunisia’s Democratic Miracle by Laryssa Chomiak
Thinking Critically About Regional Uprisings by Jillian Schwedler
Resurgent Protests Confront New and Old Red Lines in Jordan by Curtis Ryan
Regional Uprisings Confront Gulf-Backed Counterrevolution by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey
Trumps Enabling Role in Rising Regional Repression by Adria Lawrence
Regional Authoritarians Target the Twittersphere by Alexei Abrahams
Egypt’s Post-2011 Embrace of Russian-Style Misinformation Campaigns by Nathaniel Greenberg
Trauma as a Counterrevolutionary Strategy by Vivienne Matthies-Book
The Political Economy of Erdogan’s Syria Gamble by Sahan Savas Karatasli
The Battle for South Yemen by Susanne Dahlgren
Toward Religious Zionist Hegemony in Israel by Yoav Peled
Review: The Post-Oslo Neoliberal Laboratory by Ibrahim K. Shikaki
Review: Agrarian Politics and the Slow Revolution Yet to Come by Max Ajl
Click here for an interview with Mezna Qato and Ala’a Shehabi on the previous issue, Middle East Report (no. 291): Paper Trails.
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Middle East Report is published by the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), a progressive, independent organization based in Washington, DC. Since 1971 MERIP has provided critical analysis of the Middle East, focusing on political economy, popular struggles, and the implications of US and international policy for the region.