The Hidden Face of the Arab Spring

La face cachée des révolutions arabes
Sunday, November 11, 2012

StrategiCo. director and organiser behind Africa Risk Analysis 2013, Lydie Boka, recently contributed to a new publication due for launch on 4 December 2012 "La face cachée des révolutions arabes" [The Hidden Face of the Arab Spring].
You can read a summary here (taken from the back cover, published by Editions Ellipses:
"Since the middle of the winter of 2011, in North Africa and the Middle East, popular protest movements took shape, embodying the democratic aspirations of citizens against the corrupt and tyrannical regimes that governed them. They managed to topple these leaders and bring about results that were more acceptable to the C21. Such is the wonderful epic "spring" and its Arab "Revolutions" in the eyes of the majority of the international public . However, behind this tale with a happy ending lies a reality which is quite different. While the vast majority of media and international observers have made these Arab "revolutions" a symbol of emancipation for the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East, many experts see an increasing need to give a more objective view. In fact, more than eighteen months after the rise of the winds of change that swept the Muslim world, it is possible to discern more clearly the thread of events and players who took part. This book focuses successively examines and deconstructs the events that took place in North Africa and the Middle East, in order to highlight the essential roles played by external actors in these "revolutions", whose action was decisive; and to assess the consequences of the Arab Spring, which do not seem be up to the expectations generated. It brings together contributions from 23 authors from eight different countries - Algeria, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Mali, Tunisia, Syria - and very different backgrounds - women and politicians, intelligence officers, journalists, academics, etc. Together, they denounce the prevailing thought that tends to think of these as spontaneous and positive events for the countries of North Africa and Middle East and demystifies the Arab "revolutions" Arab to highlight their mechanisms, their handling and their negative impact."


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