The Arab Spring

The Hope and Reality of the Uprisings

Edited by Mark L. Haas and David W. Lesch

Second Edition • July 12, 2016 • 338 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813349749 • $27.00 USD$34.99 CAN

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“The best general book on the Arab Spring. Covers all the ground. Makes all the necessary distinctions between the popular uprisings. And draws many useful lessons.” —Roger Owen, Harvard University

Beginning in late 2010, peaceful protests against entrenched regimes unexpectedly erupted in a number of Arab countries, causing political upheaval across the region. Through contributions from noted scholars, The Arab Spring provides a comprehensive overview of the causes, key issues, and aftermath of these events. Divided into two parts, the book first examines the Arab countries most dramatically impacted by the uprisings, as well as why some of their Arab neighbors avoided large-scale protests. The second part explores other countries—inside and outside the region—that have a stake and interest in the uprisings.

The second edition includes a new chapter on Iraq and coverage of developments in the region since 2012 and how they have altered initial assessments of the Arab Spring’s effects. New part introductions and a revised concluding chapter provide contextualization and comparative analyses of key themes and broader questions. This is an essential volume for students and scholars seeking the fullest understanding of how the Arab uprisings continue to impact the region and the world.

David W. Lesch is the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity University. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad, The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History, and The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics and Ideology (with Mark Haas).

Mark L. Haas is Professor of Political Science at Duquesne University. He is the author of The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security and The Ideological Origins of Great Power Politics, 1789–1989, and coeditor of The Middle East and the United States. His scholarly articles have appeared in such leading journals as International Security, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, and The Review of Politics.

A Note on the Text

Part I
Uprisings in the Arab World: Tyranny, Anarchy, and (Perhaps) Democracy
Mark L. Haas and David W. Lesch

1 Lessons from a Small Place: The Dignity Revolutions in Tunisia, North Africa, and the Globe
Julia Clancy-Smith
2 Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt
Jeannie L. Sowers and Bruce K. Rutherford
3 The Libyan Spring: From Dream to Disillusionment
Karim Mezran and Laurentina Cizza
4 Anatomy of an Uprising: Bashar al-Assad’s Fateful Choices That Launched a Civil War
David W. Lesch
5 How Saudi Arabia Has Dodged the Arab Spring
Steve A. Yetiv
6 Jordan and the Arab Spring
Curtis R. Ryan
7 Iraq and the Arab Spring: From Protests to the Rise of ISIS
Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Part II
Non-Arab Countries and the Arab Spring
Mark L. Haas and David W. Lesch

8 Iran and the Arab Uprisings
Narges Bajoghli and Arang Keshavarzian
9 Turkey and the Arab Spring: The Rise and Fall of Democracy Promotion in a Revolutionary Era
Mark L. Haas
10 Israel’s Response to the Arab Spring: A Perfect Storm or an Opportunity for Change?
Ilan Peleg
11 Russia and the Arab Spring
Robert O. Freedman
12 US Policy After the Uprisings: Alliances, Democracy, and Force
Jeremy Pressman
13 Conclusion: The Arab World at the Intersection of the National and Transnational
James L. Gelvin

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Praise for The Arab Spring
“The best general book on the Arab Spring. Covers all the ground. Makes all the necessary distinctions between the popular uprisings. And draws many useful lessons.” —Roger Owen, Harvard University

“A solid volume that sheds further light on the Arab uprisings. Students will find this book empirically rich and analytically rigorous. A welcome addition to the literature on the most significant peaceful collective action in the modern history of the Middle East.” —Fawaz A. Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings

The Arab Spring: The Hope and Reality of the Uprisings is a critically essential, informed and informative volume for students, scholars, and non-specialist general readers seeking the fullest understanding of how the Arab uprisings continue to impact the region and the world in general, and United States foreign policies in particular.” —Midwest Book Review

Praise for Previous Editions

The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East provides a fine collection of essays by noted experts on the Arab Spring revolts and their impacts. It is a must for any serious Middle East political studies library.” —Midwest Book Review, 2013

“This is one of the best books to cover the topic of the Arab Spring from numerous approaches—the national, the regional, and the geopolitical. It offers thoughtful, intuitive analyses of the often complicated and misunderstood causes of the Arab Spring.” —Curtis Richardson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“This collection is the most comprehensive to appear since the “Arab Spring” erupted at the end of 2010…The collection is bookended by the editors’ thoughtful introductory chapter framing the topic and a perceptive concluding chapter by the historian James Gelvin. This book is highly recommended.” —Philip S. Khoury, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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