Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East
Fig. 1. Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East. Courtesy of Paradigm Publishers, 2013.

Paradigm Publishers publishes a new book titled "Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy" written by Mahmood Monshipouri from San Francisco State University.

Publication Data

Monshipouri, Mahmood. Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy. Paradigm Publishers, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-61205-134-5.


Significantly absent in the flurry of coverage of the Arab Spring has been a considered assessment of the role of emotion, solidarity, and online activism. Especially noteworthy is the extent to which these uprisings have been fueled by a demographic surge of young people unable to find employment and frustrated by the lack of freedom. While modern technologies and social media may have brought new politics to the streets, organization on the ground trumps the enthusiasm of young protesters when it comes to shaping a country’s political future. How to turn elections into democracy in these post-conflict societies continues to be a daunting task, especially in countries with a longstanding history of military involvement in politics. This book addresses all of these subjects in an engaging and accessible narrative.

Key features of the text:

- Organized around issues dealing with the political economy of revolt, youth, and cyberspace, and the rising significance of human rights and moral ideals for the younger generation
- Analyzes regional tensions in Libya, Bahrain, and Syria and their consequences for US foreign policy in the MENA region
- Covers the rise of Iran’s “Green Movement,” the “April 6 Movement” in Egypt, and the increasing significance of the role of women in the Arab Spring

Table of Contents

1. Modern Technologies: Possibilities and Constraints 
2. The Digital Age, Demographics, and an Ethos of Protest 
3. Youthful Momentum, Social Media, Human Rights, and Political Economy 
4. Emerging Identities: Emotions, Protests, and New Media 
5. US-Iran Relations: From the Green Movement to the Arab Spring 
6. The Arab Spring: Regional Implications and Beyond

About the Author

Mahmood Monshipouri is Associate Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University. He specializes in human rights, identity construction, and globalization in the Muslim world. He is author of Muslims in Global Politics: Identity, Interests, and Human Rights (2009) and editor of Human Rights in the Middle East: Frameworks, Goals, and Strategies (2011). His most recent book is Terrorism, Security, and Human Rights: Harnessing the Rule of Law (2012).

To order the book online visit Paradigm Publishers website.