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Arab Politics Beyond the Uprisings: Experiments in an Era of Resurgent Authoritarianism

Arab Politics Beyond the Uprisings: Experiments in an Era of Resurgent Authoritarianism


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Political experimentation and invention survive in unlikely places years after resurgent authoritarianism interrupted the Arab revolts. Despite violent conflict and state repression, attempts to build new institutions and ideologies continue outside the confines of traditional opposition politics.

In this volume, established researchers, new scholars, and active participants explore political initiatives in other realms: media, artists’ collectives, rebel enclaves, neighborhood councils, fledgling citizen campaigns, and elsewhere.

With rich ethnographic detail, these studies pay special attention to regional dynamics, cross-border learning, and the intellectual history of ideas central to the uprisings. They reveal an unresolved struggle between resilient authoritarian structures and alternative centers of political power.

Contributors include Nathan J. Brown, Benjamin Helfand, Monica Marks, Michael Stephens, Khaled Mansour, Sima Ghaddar, Karim Ennarah, Ursula Lindsey, Jonathan Guyer, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Laura C. Dean, Marc Lynch, Samer Abboud, Yasser Munif, Aron Lund, Sam Heller, Cilja Harders, Dina Wahba, and Asya El-Meehy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870785474
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thanassis Cambanis is a fellow at The Century Foundation in Beirut and columnist for the Boston Globe.

Michael Wahid Hanna is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation in New York and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction: A Broader Approach to Arab Politics Thanassis Cambanis 1

Part I Ideas and Practice

2 Explaining Absence: The Failure of Egypt's Liberals Michael Wahid Hanna 13

3 Reforming Justice: The Failure of Politics and Rule-of-Law Reform in Egypt and Tunisia Nathan J. Brown Benjamin Helfand 34

4 Tunisia's Unwritten Story: The Complicated Lessons of a Peaceful Transition Monica Marks 54

5 The Arab Cold War Redux: The Foreign Policy of the Gulf Cooperation Council States since 2011 Michael Stephens 73

Part II Civil Society

6 People Power and Its Limits: Lessons from Lebanon's And-Sectarian Reform Movement Thanassis Cambanis 105

7 Second-Class Citizenship: Lebanese Women Fight to Pass Nationality to Children and Spouses Sima Ghaddar 134

8 Egypt's Human Rights Movement: Repression, Resistance, and Co-optation Khaled Mansour 154

9 The Ultras Ahlawy: Football, Violence, and the Quest for Justice Karim Medhat Ennarah 173

Part III Culture and Media

10 Culture Is the Solution: As Political Reform Stalls, Moroccan Activists Engage Citizens through Art Ursula Lindsey 193

11 Speech Bubbles: Comics and Political Cartoons in Sisi's Egypt Jonathan Guyer 213

12 The Politics of Egyptian Fine Art: Giving a Voice to the People Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi 240

13 All Truth Is Worth Publishing: Mada Masr and the Fight for Free Speech in Egypt Laura C. Dean 269

14 Mobilizing through Online Media: Why the Internet Still Matters for Change in the Middle East Marc Lynch 292

Part IV Governance

15 The Economics of War and Peace in Syria: Stratification and Factionalization in the Business Community Samer Abboud 311

16 Participatory Democracy and Micropolitics in Manbij: An Unthinkable Revolution Yasser Munif 330

17 Into the Tunnels: The Rise and Fail of Syria's Rebel Enclave in the Eastern Ghouta Aron Lund 342

18 Keeping the Lights On in Rebel Idlib: Local Governance, Services, and the Competition for Legitimacy among Islamist Armed Groups Sam Heller 374

19 New Neighborhood Power: Informal Popular Committees and Changing Local Governance in Egypt Cilja Harders Dina Wahba 400

20 Governance from Below: Comparing Local Experiments in Egypt and Syria after the Uprisings Asya El-Meehy 420

Index 435

About the Contributors 459

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