Interpreting the Arab Spring Significance of the New Arab Awakening?

Priya Singh and Kingshuk Chatterjee

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The Arab Spring, widely perceived as a momentous event in West Asia, has evoked a persistent flow of interpretation and analysis by academic experts and policy-makers since the upheaval first broke out in December 2010 and the pace of events suggests the flow of analysis on this issue will continue. Like all great social upheavals, the Arab Spring was long-drawn-out in its realisation and born of many factors that are intertwined. It could have occurred any time during the course of the last two or three decades but each passing year brought to the forefront new developments that made it that much more imminent. Economic problems, social problems, political problems, juridical problems and diplomatic problems combined to contribute to an uncompromising sense of grievance across the Arab world that ultimately manifested itself in the Arab spring and winter of 2011. This volume comes out of a conference organised by the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, in collaboration with Institute of Foreign Policy Studies and Centre of Pakistan and West Asian Studies, in which an attempt was made to discuss these issues threadbare.

Priya Singh and Kingshuk Chatterjee PRIYA SINGH is a Fellow at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India. She works on Israel in particular with an interest in the Middle East in general. Her research areas include the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process, Israeli society and politics, comparative ethnic relations in the region, nationalism and post nationalism and comparative politics and democracy. She has authored, edited and co-edited publications on Israel and the Middle East. Her e-mail is priyasingh70@gmail.com

KINGSHUK CHATTERJEE is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Calcutta University and is the Deputy Director, Pakistan and West Asia Studies of the Department. He is associated with the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies of the Calcutta University, and looks after its West Asia programme. Chatterjee specialises in the politics of the Middle East and Political Islam in the modern world. He is the author of Ali Shariati and the Shaping of Political Islam in Iran.

 

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