The Battle for the Arab Spring

Revolution, Counter-Revolution and the Making of a New Era

Lin Noueihed and Alex Warren

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The story of the revolutionary zeal that swept the Arab nations in 2011 and an assessment of what the uprisings have achieved to date

Sparked by the protest of a single vegetable seller in Tunisia, the flame of revolutionary passion swept across the Arab world in what has come to be called the Arab Spring of 2011. Millions took to the streets in revolt: the governments of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya fell, other regimes remain embattled, and no corner of the region has escaped unchanged. In this informed and accessible book, Lin Noueihed and Alex Warren explain the economic and political roots of the Arab Spring, assess what has been accomplished so far, and consider the many stumbling blocks that confront the Arab nations as they try to shape their futures.

Through research, interviews, and a wealth of firsthand experience, the authors explain the unique set of obstacles that endanger stability in each country. They analyze the challenges many Arab nations face in building democratic institutions, finding consensus on political Islam, overcoming tribal divides, and satisfying an insatiable demand for jobs. In an era of change and uncertainty, this insightful guide provides the first clear glimpse of the post-revolutionary future the Arab Spring set in motion.

Lin Noueihed is a Reuters editor based in London. She has reported from the Middle East for twelve years, covering politics, economics, and conflict. Alex Warren is a director of Frontier, a Middle East and North Africa consultancy.

"The Battle for the Arab Spring is lucidly written and includes a wealth of astute analysis on the politics of the region, from Morocco to Oman. It answers questions I had long wondered about, as well as others that hadn’t occurred to me." — Paul Hockenos, The National 

"The overall scope and breadth of the work makes it deserving of special recognition. The authors' personal experiences are combined well with a riveting narrative that plays especially well in chronicling the 'battleground states'." —James Denselow, Huffington Post

"Why did they fall? In the months that followed the advent of the Arab spring, authors have rushed to explain why some dictators have been unseated but not others… These are not easy questions, but one of the strongest attempts to answer them is 'The Battle for the Arab Spring' by Lin Noueihed, a Reuters correspondent, and Alex Warren, who runs a Middle East consultancy."—The Economist

The Battle for the Arab Spring by Lin Noueihed and Alex Warren is a highly worthwhile read for a clear analysis of the discontent that
fed the popular uprisings and what the aftermath might bring to the Arab world. —Rebecca Aguilar, M.Ed.

ISBN: 9780300194159
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
360 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
20 b/w illus.