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Arab Democracy or Islamist Revolution?

New issue of Journal of Democracy (January 2013, Volume 24, Number 1) features an interesting discussion between Hillel Fradkin and Olivier Roy, debating Roy’s claim in his essay in July 2012 issue of Journal of Democracy (see my post here) that democracy is really becoming “rooted in Arab societies,” so that even the Islamists will operate as “reluctant agents of ...

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Elite Cooperation and Democratic Stability

Elite Cooperation and Democratic Stability

A new paper posted on SSRN examines the importance of intra-elite interactions in the development of democratic stability or retreat in the emerging democracies: Forecasting Stability or Retreat in Emerging Democratic Regimes, by Snigdha Dewal, Jack A. Goldstone, and Michael Volpe. Here is the abstract: Drawing on the literatures on elite transitions, factionalism and the new institutionalism, this paper hypothesizes that the stability ...

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New Book: ‘Middle East Authoritarianisms’

New Book: ‘Middle East Authoritarianisms’

Middle East Authoritarianisms: Governance, Contestation, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran Edited by Steven Heydemann and Reinoud Leenders. Published by Stanford University Press (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures), January 1st, 2013 Description: The developments of early 2011 have left the political landscape of the Middle East changed but recognizable. Even as urgent struggles continue, ...

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Arab Spring and Our Expectations

Arab Spring and Our Expectations

On the occasion of the second anniversary of the Arab Spring, Wilson Center’s Middle East Program asked 39 experts the following question in 12th edition of  its Viewpoints series: “Has the Arab Spring Lived Up to Expectations?”. Here are commentaries by Nathan Brown and Vali Nasr: Nathan Brown: The uprisings in the Arab world in 2011 were sparked by many ...

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Democratization, SAGE Four-Volume Set

Democratization, SAGE Four-Volume Set

Democratization – Four Volume Set Edited by Jean Grugel (University of Sheffield) Published by SAGE Publication, November 30, 2012. 1632 pages Description: Since the 1970s, the number of formally democratic states has grown exponentially while coherent alternatives to democracy have steadily diminished in terms of their global relevance. Yet, democracy remains an extremely problematic, conflictual and unfinished enterprise – as ...

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Constitution Making in the Arab Spring: Have Islamists Stolen the Revolution?

Constitution Making in the Arab Spring: Have Islamists Stolen the Revolution?

Chibli Mallat,Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, discussed the Islamist-dominated constitution making process in Arab Spring countries, on Wednesday, November 28, 2012


. Chibli Mallat also published a piece last week, criticizing Egypt’s draft constitution.

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Nader Hashemi: ‘Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy?’

Nader Hashemi: ‘Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy?’

This is the lecture given by Nader Hashemi (University of Denver) under the title “Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy: Critical Notes on the Arab Spring.” on November 1, 2012 at the University of Kansas, Center for Global & International Studies and KU Middle East Studies. The footage from the Q & A session following the speech is here.

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Does Heterogeneity Hinder Democracy?

Does Heterogeneity Hinder Democracy?

Wolfgang Merkel (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) and Brigitte Weiffen (University of Konstanz) have published an interesting empirical article on the complex relationship between heterogeneity and democratization in Comparative Sociology, Volume 11, Number 3, 2012. The article is now available for download at Merkel’s webpage: Does Heterogeneity Hinder Democracy? [PDF] Here is the abstract: Research linking heterogeneity and democracy usually focuses on one single dimension ...

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‘Countries at the Crossroads 2012’

‘Countries at the Crossroads 2012’

Freedom House has released Countries at the Crossroads 2012. Countries at the Crossroads is Freedom House’s annual assessment of government performance in 72 strategically important countries worldwide. The in-depth comparative analyses and quantitative ratings, assessing each country’s performance in four spheres: government accountability and public voice, civil liberties, rule of law, and anti-corruption and transparency. The 2012 edition is the ...

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