Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia
Fig. 1. Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia. Courtesy of I.B.Tauris, 2013.

I.B.Tauris released a book titled "Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring" written by Amin Saikal and Amitav Acharya.

Publication Data

Saikal, Amin & Acharya, Amitav. Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring. I.B.Tauris, 2013. ISBN: 9781780768069.


The protests that swept across the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and 2011 confounded long-time observers of the region, in both the media and academia. After addressing the conditions in the Middle East and North Africa that produced these attempts at revolution, Amin Saikal and Amitav Acharya explore the global impact of the protests, both in terms of their ideological influence on opposition groups and the prospects for democratic transition in a variety of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments. Examining states at the heart of the uprisings, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in addition to other Middle Easter states, like Iran, as well the Asian states of China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, this book concentrates upon 'democratization' as the central theme. Did the protests have a galvanizing effect of democratization processes throughout Asia? And if not, why? Touching on perennial issues in politics - for example, democracy, authoritarian rule and social protest - this book is vital for researchers of politics and international relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Democratizing the Neighbourhood – The Implications of the Arab Spring for the Middle East and Asia by Amin Saikal and Amitav Acharya
1. Where Have All the Democratic Expectations Gone? Tunisia and Egypt in Comparative Perspective by Mohammad Selim
2. Managed Reforms and Deferred Democratic Rule in Morocco and Algeria by Karima Laachir
3. Humanitarianism, Democracy and Intervention: Libya and the Responsibility to Protect by Ramesh Thakur
4. Afghanistan and Iraq Between Democracy and Radical Islam by Amin Saikal
5. The Arab Revolution Is Bad News for Iran by Shahram Akbarzadeh
6. Central Asia and the Arab Spring: Discourses of Relevance and Threat in the Region by Kirill Nourzhanov
7. Pakistan and the Arab Uprisings by Samina Yasmeen
8. China’s Responses to the Arab Uprisings by Baogang He
9. Democratization in Myanmar and the Arab Uprisings by Trevor Wilson
10. Arab Uprisings’ Contagion: Electronic Vicariousness and Democratic Empathy in Malaysia and Singapore by Alan Chong
11. ‘Look Over Here!’: Indonesian Responses to the Arab Spring by Greg Fealy

About the Authors

Amin Saikal is Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, as well as at the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies. He has also been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006. He is the author of a number of works on the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia, including Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation? (2003); The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule (2009); Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (I.B.Tauris, 2012) and Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming).

Amitav Acharya is Professor in the School of International Service and UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, American University, Washington, DC, having previously held professorships at the University of Bristol and York University, Toronto. His recent books include Whose Ideas Matter? (2009); Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order (co-edited, 2011); Non-Western International Relations Theory (co-edited, 2010) and The Making of Southeast Asia (2011).

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