Decorative Lanterns

United They Stand? A Study of Authoritarian Responses during the Arab Spring

23Apr 15

Julien Morency-Laflamme and Anja Brunner

Abstract: This article seeks to analyse why mass protests during the Arab Spring of 2010 did not always result in the toppling of authoritarian leaders and why in some cases it actually led to the reinforcement of certain authoritarian regimes. Continue reading →

Review of Jonathan Marc Gribetz, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter

23Apr 15

Reviewed by Lauren Banko Continue reading →

Where the AKP Stands: A Manifesto-Based Approach to Party Competition in Turkey

26Mar 15

Salih Bayram

Abstract: Using the Manifesto Project’s dataset, this article considers two questions: Where does the AKP stand vis-à-vis other parties in Turkey? What were the dynamics of party competition in recent Turkish elections? Continue reading →

Review of Diana K. Davis and Edmund Burke III (eds.), Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa

20Mar 15

Reviewed by Noah Haiduc-Dale Continue reading →

From the Mosque to the Polls: The Emergence of the Al Nour Party in Post-Arab Spring Egypt

07Aug 14

Laurence Deschamps-Laporte

Abstract: In this paper, I examine the rise of the Al Nour Salafi party that won 27 percent of the vote in the 2011 Egyptian parliamentary elections. I present a new explanation for their popularity based on the analysis of ethnographic data collected in Alexandria. Continue reading →

After ‘Security First’: An analysis of security transition and ‘statebuilding’ in the West Bank 2007-11

13Jun 14

Philip Leech

Abstract: The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) imposition of order after the end of the al-Aqsa Intifada has been generally interpreted as a success. Not only did the PA consolidate its power in the West Bank and restore good relations with Israel and the West, it also appeared to obtain popular legitimacy by cracking down on its political opponents. Continue reading →