Arab Spring and Aftermath|
Spring 2019 not offered
|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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)(CMES)(CMST)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)
Mehran Kamrava, BEYOND THE ARAB SPRING: THE EVOLVING RULING BARGAIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Oxford University Press, 2014)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class participation, daily discussion questions on the readings, 2 blogs, midterm, research paper, presentation.