Tag Archives: Arab spring

Governments around the world need to respect the growing force of the people’s voice

People have been taken by surprise by the persistent demonstrations in Turkey against Prime Minister Erdogan and his style of government. Turkey seemed to be more a model for the new states emerging from the Arab Spring than a candidate to travel the same route. What is going on? Turkey is connected with the Arab Spring, but is not […]

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Achieving an ‘Arab Spring’ by Proxy: Indirect Intervention and Conflict in the Middle East

The Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies is now an institutional columnist for the Global Policy Journal. The first in this series of posts comes from Dr Andrew Mumford who has written about the increasing amount of indirect assistance the West is giving to rebel movements in the ‘Arab Spring’. Stemming from research done for his forthcoming book Proxy […]

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Samir Amin interview

In November 2011 Samir Amin, one of the leading political thinkers of the past half century was in Nottingham, for a series of lectures and seminars organised by the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice based in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. In an exclusive, wide-ranging […]

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Middle East democracy: no quick fix

As dictatorships crumble in Tunisia, Egypt and possibly Libya leaders in the West glibly talk about the spread of democracy to North Africa and the Middle East, For example David Cameron said in March: ‘It is in our interests to see the growth of open societies and the building blocks of democracy in North Africa […]

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Talkin’ ’bout a revolution?

The current Arab ‘revolutions’, pose anew some venerable questions of revolutionary transformation, not least whether they will result in fundamental changes to economic life in the region or, as Antonio Gramsci might have recognised, a restoration of the old political order. In 1917 one rather renowned contemporary revolutionary figure, V. I. Lenin, opined that, ‘The […]

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