Middle East uprisings

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Middle East uprisings

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feb. 20, 2011, 6:04pm

In light of the recent uprisings in the Middle East, does anyone have any thoughts on particular authors they feel have a clear sense of what is going on and what the implications for the future are?

feb. 21, 2011, 4:04pm

I've just finished reading The Strong Horse. The author is rather pessimistic about democracy taking hold. I would recommend the book, with a grain of salt.

The breadth of protests underway in the Middle East is unprecedented, and I don't recall anyone anywhere predicting such an outbreak, so maybe all previous analyses must be reconsidered?

feb. 22, 2011, 6:27am

While the breadth of protests is unlike what has gone before, there have been individual revolutions in these countries before and mass revolutions in 1848 and 1989.
The challenge I'm finding is that while there are plenty of people writing regarding the area, most are simply guessing or are locked into particular ideological perspectives.
Most interestingly, I'm finding it curious that we are still using an old empire term for the region -- "the Middle East" -- as it seems that no other term encompasses the region as effectively.