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Arab Spring and Aftermath

GOVT 276
Spring 2017
Section: 01  
Certificates: International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Muslim Studies

The course explores the complexities of political change in the Middle East and North Africa by narrowing in on the series of protests that became collectively known as the "Arab Spring." Drawing from theories of democratization and contentious politics, the readings examine both general patterns across the region and the political dynamics of individual cases. We will ask, for instance, why authoritarianism has persisted in the Middle East, what explains the variation in protests and in government responses, and what factors shape political reform and the prospects of stability and democratization moving forward. At the same time, we will also follow the turn of events in several key cases such as Tunisia and Syria; attempt to understand what factors led to the gradual progression from euphoria to despair in countries like Egypt, Libya, and Yemen; and reflect on why the revolutionary spark did not catch on in certain countries.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(MUST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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