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The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

David B. Ottaway
The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt
ISBN: 978-1-62637-620-5
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-631-1
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2017/269 pages/LC: 2016041280
"Ottaway's... account of the revolutionary upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt (2010-16) is essential reading for all those seeking to better understand the significance of these events."—Rosemary Hollis, Middle East Journal

DESCRIPTION

After the autocratic regimes in the seemingly unassailable police states of Tunisia and Egypt suddenly collapsed in 2011, the Islamic parties that took over quickly succumbed in turn to further massive uprisings, this time by disaffected secularists and, in the case of Egypt, with the support of the army. What explains this? And why do the current regimes in both countries remain so fragile?

Addressing these questions, drawing on years of first-hand, in-depth research, David Ottaway explores the causes of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, the reasons for their radically differing outcomes, and the likely trajectory of the two countries’ political development.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David B. Ottaway, after receiving a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University, worked as a foreign correspondent and then an investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. for 35 years. At present, he is a Middle East Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • THE CONTEXT OF THE ARAB SPRING.
  • Western and Arab Theories of Revolution.
  • Arab Revolutions and Counterrevolutions.
  • Political Causes of the 2011 Uprisings.
  • Economic and Social Causes of the 2011 Uprisings.
  • STAGES OF THE TUNISIAN REVOLUTION.
  • Fall of the Ancien Regime.
  • From Dual Sovereignty to Restoration.
  • STAGES OF THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION.
  • Fall of the Pharaoh.
  • The Thermidorian Reaction.
  • Dual Sovereignty.
  • The Restoration.
  • PARADOXES AND CHALLENGES.
  • Counterrevolution from Abroad.
  • Postrevolution Prospects.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Revolutions Compared.