Tag Archives: Middle East

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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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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French theory, Tunisian practice

Question: what connects a 26-year-old Tunisian market-stall holder, who died in 2011, with a French civil engineer who died in 1922? Answer: a theory of revolution – written by the latter and put into practice by the former, a man who just wanted to sell tomatoes. The stall-holder was Mohamed Bouazizi, whose story is now […]

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