US Approaches to the Arab Uprisings: International Relations and Democracy Promotion (Library of Middle East History)

Author(s): Wahlrab, A., & McNeal, M. J.

From violent protests in Cairo and Manama to the ousting of Libya’s Gaddafi and the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, the series of uprisings which swept through the Middle East and North Africa from late 2010 have been burdened with the collective hopes and expectations of the world. Western supporters quickly identified these uprisings as a collective “awakening”-a move towards democracy-but the continued unrest in these regions defies many of these more optimistic contemporary predictions.