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Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring

Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring

Edited by: Amin Saikal, Amitav Acharya

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The protests that swept across the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and 2011 confounded long-time observers of the region, in both the media and academia. After addressing the conditions in the Middle East and North Africa that produced these attempts at revolution, Amin Saikal and Amitav Acharya explore the global impact of the protests, both in terms of their ideological influence on opposition groups and the prospects for democratic transition in a variety of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments. Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia commences with a comprehensive attempt to understand the cultural, economic and political background out of which the uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya emerged. It then expands outwards investigating the impact of the Arab uprisings on a regional level in other Middle Eastern and north African states such as Iran, Morocco and Algeria, and on a more global level in the Asian states of China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the former Soviet Muslim republics.

Saikal and Acharya bring a global perspective to the still-unfolding wave of calls for more meaningful political participation, which continues to make itself felt in the Middle East, to shed light upon the ideal role of both regional and international actors in promoting sustainable transitions from authoritarianism to democracy. This book not only offers explanations for why certain countries were more susceptible to the spread of the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, but also contrasts the organic and grassroots vehicles for democratization characteristic of the most recent Arab uprisings with the Western model of externally imposed regime change to illustrate the conditions necessary for a successful democratic transition. Touching on perennial issues in politics - for example, democracy, authoritarian rule and social protest - this book is vital for researchers of politics and international relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Democratizing the Neighbourhood – The Implications of the Arab Spring for the Middle East and Asia
Amin Saikal and Amitav Acharya

Chapter 1
Where Have All the Democratic Expectations Gone? Tunisia and Egypt in Comparative Perspective
Mohammad Selim

Chapter 2
Managed Reforms and Deferred Democratic Rule in Morocco and Algeria
Karima Laachir

Chapter 3
Humanitarianism, Democracy and Intervention: Libya and the Responsibility to Protect
Ramesh Thakur

Chapter 4
Afghanistan and Iraq Between Democracy and Radical Islam
Amin Saikal

Chapter 5
The Arab Revolution Is Bad News for Iran
Shahram Akbarzadeh

Chapter 6
Central Asia and the Arab Spring: Discourses of Relevance and Threat in the Region
Kirill Nourzhanov

Chapter 7
Pakistan and the Arab Uprisings
Samina Yasmeen

Chapter 8
China’s Responses to the Arab Uprisings
Baogang He

Chapter 9
Democratization in Myanmar and the Arab Uprisings
Trevor Wilson

Chapter 10
Arab Uprisings’ Contagion: Electronic Vicariousness and Democratic Empathy in Malaysia and Singapore
Alan Chong

Chapter 11
‘Look Over Here!’: Indonesian Responses to the Arab Spring
Greg Fealy

Author Info

Amin Saikal is Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, as well as at Sussex University's Institute of Development Studies. He has also been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations. He is the author of a number of works on the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia, including "Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation?" (2003); "The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule" (2009), "Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival" (I.B.Tauris, revised 2012) and" States of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran" (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming). Amitav Acharya is Professor in the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., USA, having previously held Professorships at the University of Bristol and York University, Toronto. His recent books include "Whose Ideas Matter?" (2009); "Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order "(co-edited, 2011); "Non-Western International Relations Theory "(co-edited, 2010); and "The Making of Southeast Asia" (2011).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of International Relations

Hardback
ISBN: 9781780768069
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2013
Number of Pages: 279

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