The Arab Awakening

The Arab Awakening

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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 for the United States and the rest of the world? In qThe Arab Awakening, q experts from the Brookings Institution tackle such questions to make sense of this tumultuous region that remains at the heart of U.S. national interests. The first portion of qThe Arab Awakeningq offers broad lessons by analyzing key aspects of the Mideast turmoil, such as public opinion trends within the qArab Streetq; the role of social media and technology; socioeconomic and demographic conditions; the influence of Islamists; and the impact of the new political order on the Arab-Israeli peace process. The next section looks at the countries themselves, finding commonalties and grouping them according to the political evolutions that have (or have not) occurred in each country. The section offers insight into the current situation, and possible trajectory of each group of countries, followed by individual nation studies. qThe Arab Awakeningq brings the full resources of Brookings to bear on making sense of what may turn out to be the most significant geopolitical movement of this generation. It is essential reading for anyone looking to understand these developments and their consequences.... Brotherhood was denied legal statusa€”won 15 percent of the vote and as much as 30 percent in key cities, including the capital Tunis. This was too much for Ben Ali, who soon launched a brutal crackdown on Islamists, sending as many as 10, 000 of the groupa#39;s ... [Al-Nahda] will attract those who do not know where to go .

Title:The Arab Awakening
Author:Daniel L. Byman, Akram Al-Turk, Pavel Baev, Michael S. Doran, Khaled Elgindy, Stephen R. Grand, Shadi Hamid, Bruce Jones, Suzanne Maloney, Jonathan D. Pollack, Bruce O. Riedel, Ruth Hanau Santini, Salman Shaikh, Ibrahim Sharqieh, Shibley Telhami, Sarah E. Yerkes
Publisher:Brookings Institution Press - 2011


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