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Insight Turkey > Issues | Arab Uprisings: Towards Democracy? - Spring 2011 / Volume 13, Number 2

Arab Uprisings: Towards Democracy?



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Spring 2011
A wave of change has been shaking the Arab Middle East led by Tunisia and Egypt, spreading to Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. We are witnessing what is apparently the emergence of “people power” in the Middle East. Whether it will be institutionalized in the form of democracy is yet to be seen. It may still be too early to come to the conclusion that people power will reign in the Middle East, but the pressure is on.


Commentaries


The Arab Uprisings: Debating the “Turkish Model”
Mass uprisings on the Arab streets have become the vehicle for reform as the availability of...

The Arab Revolution of 2011: Reflections on Religion and Politics
The democratic uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have been widely celebrated but in...

Arab Revolts: Islamists aren’t Coming!
There has been strong concern about the direction of the current revolts in the Middle East. The...

The Middle East is in Transition—to What?
The Arab world has been changed irreversibly by the popular uprisings that started in early 2011....


Articles


Trade among OIC Countries: Limits of Islamic Solidarity
Since the early 1970s, member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have...

Ukraine’s Changing Foreign Policy: Implications on the Black Sea Security
This article examines the current state of affairs in the Black Sea region by examining Ukrainian...

Turkey as a Migration Hub in the Middle East
This article focuses on Turkey’s process of transition from a country of emigration to a country...

From Distance to Engagement: Turkish Policy towards the Middle East, Iraq and Iraqi Kurds
Turkey’s Middle East policy has witnessed revolutionary changes since 1999. The changes in the...

From Distance to Engagement: Turkish Policy towards the Middle East, Iraq and Iraqi Kurds
Turkey’s Middle East policy has witnessed revolutionary changes since 1999. The changes in the...

Beyond the Democratic Wave in the Arab World: The Middle East’s Turko-Persian Future*
It is unlikely that the Egyptian revolution will have a major impact on the political and...

Turkey’s “Demonstrative Effect” and the Transformation of the Middle East
A string of uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt followed by those in other countries have rekindled...


Book Reviews


Religious Pluralism, Globalization and World Politics
As the link between religion and international affairs has come under special scrutiny especially...

The Ethos of Europe: Values, Law and Justice in the EU
Although the analysis offered in this book is not very innovative in its details, the overall...

The Almohads: The Rise of an Islamic Empire
As a dynasty based in medieval North Africa and southern Spain, the Almohads have received...

Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam
This brilliant, eloquent and insightful book is not, despite its title, a provocative one. It...

A History of the Middle East: From Antiquity to the Present Day
The Lebanese economist and historian Corm has written a timely book contributing to our...

Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance and National Identity in Istanbul
Recent neoliberal/post-Kemalist shifts in Turkish culture and politics have ushered in, among...

Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present
With the assertion of being the first complete history of Central Eurasia from ancient times to...

The Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntingtons’s Faultlines, from Al-Andalus to the Virtual Ummah
The Borders of Islam gives an insider’s view of the so-called “Islam’s bloody borders” through an...

Byzantium Between the Ottomans and the Latins: Politics and Society in the Late Empire
This volume is a welcome contribution to the study of the last centuries of the existence of the...

Britain, Turkey and the Soviet Union, 1940-45: Strategy, Diplomacy and Intelligence in the Eastern Mediterranean
Turkey, due to its geopolitical position, was subject to political and military pressures by the...

A Study of Ottoman Narratives on Architecture: Text, Context and Hermeneutics
Ottoman architectural history has generally remained within the bounds of empirical scholarship,...


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