Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East [NOOK Book]

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The momentous events sweeping the Arab world since late 2010 raise important questions about the art and science of analyzing political and societal events. In an age of information surplus, which creates the illusion that one can easily know what is happening anywhere in the world, big surprises still occur. Societies change, governments make choices that have consequences, and the political life of a country or a region is transformed.

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Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East

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Overview

The momentous events sweeping the Arab world since late 2010 raise important questions about the art and science of analyzing political and societal events. In an age of information surplus, which creates the illusion that one can easily know what is happening anywhere in the world, big surprises still occur. Societies change, governments make choices that have consequences, and the political life of a country or a region is transformed.

For analysts in and out of governments, the upheaval in the Middle East lends itself to reflections about how regional experts with deep knowledge of the Middle East and those who use distinct political science or other methodologies to understand processes of change, fared in their assessments of the likelihood of change.

In early 2011, the Stimson Center invited a group of experts who represented distinct non-governmental institutional perspectives to look back on the work of these sectors and evaluate how they looked at prospects for change in the Middle East. The sectors included: university scholars and international organizations, think tanks, democracy and human rights non-governmental organization (NGOs), journalists, social media, and private business. The result was Seismic Shift.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013103269
  • Publisher: The Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 138
  • File size: 764 KB

Meet the Author

Ellen Laipson is president and chief executive officer of Stimson. She also directs the Southwest Asia project, which focuses on security issues in the Gulf region. Laipson joined Stimson in 2002, after nearly 25 years of government service. Key positions included vice chair of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) (1997-2002), and special assistant to the US permanent representative to the United Nations (1995-97). At the NIC, Laipson co-managed the interdisciplinary study "Global Trends 2015," and directed the NIC's outreach to think tanks and research organizations on a wide range of national security topics.

Laipson's earlier government career focused on analysis and policymaking on Middle East and South Asian issues. She was the director for Near East and South Asian Affairs for the National Security Council (1993-95), national intelligence officer for Near and South Asia (1990-93), a member of the State Department's policy planning staff (1986-87), and a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service.

Laipson is a frequent speaker on Middle East issues, and on US foreign policy and global trends. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. In 2003, she joined the boards of the Asia Foundation, and the Education and Employment Foundation. In late 2009, President Obama named Laipson to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.

Laipson has an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Cornell University.
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