The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East
With special guests, Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell, and Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Arts and Education) at Deakin University, CCG launched The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East and Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging.
From late 2010 a series of dramatic and unprecedented events swept across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), toppling several autocratic regimes that had held power for decades and ushering in a new climate of dissent and democratization. This book seizes a unique opportunity to reflect on these seismic events, their causes and consequences, and the core issues facing the region as it moves forward. However, this volume aims to be so much more than a collection of detailed thematic essays on the Arab Revolutions. The central argument and the key contribution of this book are twofold. Firstly, it aims to situate the Arab Revolutions within their broadercontextual background, arguing that a unique set of historical events as well as local, regional and global dynamics have converged to provide the catalyst that triggered the recent revolts. Secondly, this book will attempt to situate the events within a new conceptual framework. The argument here is that the Arab Revolutions pose a very specific challenge to conventional wisdom concerning democracy and democratisation in the Middle East.
About the Editors
Fethi Mansouri is director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and holds a chair in Migration and Intercultural Relations, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University. He is the author and editor of many books. In 2004, his book Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection was short-listed for the Human Rights Medals and Awards.
Shahram Akbarzadeh is Professor of Asian Politics (Middle East and Central Asia) and Deputy Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at Melbourne University.
Benjamin Isakhan is Australian Research Council Discovery (DECRA) Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia.