Beginning in late 2010, peaceful protests against entrenched regimes unexpectedly erupted in a number of Arab countries, causing political upheaval across the region. Through contributions from noted scholars, The Arab Spring provides a comprehensive overview of the causes, key issues, and aftermath of these events. Divided into two parts, the book first examines the Arab countries most dramatically impacted by the uprisings, as well as why some of their Arab neighbors avoided large-scale protests. The second part explores other countries inside and outside the region-that have a stake and interest in the uprisings.
The second edition includes a new chapter on Iraq and coverage of developments in the region since 2012 and how they have altered initial assessments of the Arab Spring's effects. New part introductions and a revised concluding chapter provide contextualization and comparative analyses of key themes and broader questions. This is an essential volume for students and scholars seeking the fullest understanding of how the Arab uprisings continue to impact the region and the world.
Contents Map Preface A Note on the Text Part I Uprisings in the Arab World: Tyranny, Anarchy, and (Perhaps) Democracy Mark L. Haas and David W. Lesch 1 Lessons from a Small Place: The Dignity Revolutions in Tunisia, North Africa, and the Globe Julia Clancy-Smith 2 Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt Jeannie L. Sowers and Bruce K. Rutherford 3 The Libyan Spring: From Dream to Disillusionment Karim Mezran and Laurentina Cizza 4 Anatomy of an Uprising: Bashar al-Assad's Fateful Choices That Launched a Civil War David W. Lesch 5 How Saudi Arabia Has Dodged the Arab Spring Steve A. Yetiv 6 Jordan and the Arab Spring Curtis R. Ryan 7 Iraq and the Arab Spring: From Protests to the Rise of ISIS Ibrahim Al-Marashi Part II Non-Arab Countries and the Arab Spring Mark L. Haas and David W. Lesch 8 Iran and the Arab Uprisings Narges Bajoghli and Arang Keshavarzian 9 Turkey and the Arab Spring: The Rise and Fall of Democracy Promotion in a Revolutionary Era Mark L. Haas 10 Israel's Response to the Arab Spring: A Perfect Storm or an Opportunity for Change? Ilan Peleg 11 Russia and the Arab Spring Robert O. Freedman 12 US Policy After the Uprisings: Alliances, Democracy, and Force Jeremy Pressman 13 Conclusion: The Arab World at the Intersection of the National and Transnational James L. Gelvin About the Contributors Index