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After the Arab Spring: Transitions and crisis of governability

Mahmood Monshipouri, visiting associate professor, Middle Eastern Studies | February 12, 2013

Regime transition often presents crises of governability, rooted in the turbulence that permeates political and social change. This is especially true of transitions born of violent uprising and which involve disruptions to the state and economy.  Even democratic transitions, which tend to produce legitimate authority and respect for the rule of law and human rights, … Continue reading »

The rise of a Pharaoh: The Arab Spring’s first dictator

Nezar AlSayyad, professor emeritus of architecture, planning and urban history | November 24, 2012

Over the course of the past two years, the Arab World celebrated the fall of several of its most brutal dictators but last week it witnessed the meteoric rise of yet a new dictator, President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt. While the world was occupied with celebrating the cessation of hostilities between Hamas and Israel in … Continue reading »