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The Arab Spring

The Hope and Reality of the Uprisings

Edited by Mark L. Haas, Edited by David W. Lesch

About the Book

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&mdashinside 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.

About the Author

Mark L. Haas is professor in the Political Science Department and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  He has written numerous articles and is the author or editor of 4 books, including The Clash of Ideologies:  Middle Eastern Politics and American Security; The Ideological Origins of Great Power Politics, 1789-1989; and The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East with coeditor David W. Lesch.

Reviews

"The best general book on the Arab Spring. Covers all the ground. Makes all the necessary distinctions between the popular uprisings. And draws many useful lessons."—Roger Owen, Harvard University

"A solid volume that sheds further light on the Arab uprisings. Students will find this book empirically rich and analytically rigorous. A welcome addition to the literature on the most significant peaceful collective action in the modern history of the Middle East."—Fawaz A. Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings

"The Arab Spring: The Hope and Reality of the Uprisings is a critically essential, informed and informative volume for students, scholars, and non-specialist general readers seeking the fullest understanding of how the Arab uprisings continue to impact the region and the world in general, and United States foreign policies in particular."—Midwest Book Review