The Arab Spring, Democracy and Security

BESA Studies in International Security











This volume analyzes the political, economic and strategic dimensions of the recent upheavals in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring.

Mass demonstrations in many Arab states challenged the political status quo and the existing political and cultural system in the region. While it is too early to offer a definitive analysis of the impact
of the widespread discontent in the Arab world, the trajectory of the events indicates regime change in several states, containment of political unrest in most states, increase in Islamic tendencies, centrifugal tendencies in a number of political units and deterioration of economic conditions.

This volume presents an initial assessment by a selected group of Israeli scholars of the implications of the Arab Spring. The chapters focus on important issues such as democratization, the role of economic factors in political change and explanations for variations in regime stability in the Middle East. Taking an international relations perspective, the book not only examines the evolving regional balance, but also explores the link between external and internal politics and the implications of terrorism for regional security. The chapters also address the implications of the Arab Spring for Israel and its chances of existing peacefully in the region.

184 pages, 2013

Hardback ISBN: 978-0-415-82138-4, Price: £80.00

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-13-881976-4 $48.95

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Prof. Efraim Inbar

Prof. Efraim Inbar

(Ph.D. University of Chicago) Director of the BESA Center. A veteran authority on the Arab-Israeli conflict and strategic developments in the Mideast.