• From resilience to revolt - making sense of the Arab Spring

      Aarts, P.; Dijke, P. van; Kolman, I.; Statema, J.; Dahhan, G. (University of Amsterdam - Department of Political Science, 2012)
      The purpose of this research is to provide a broadly-scoped understanding of the Arab uprisings, aggregating also what research has already been done, in an effort to pinpoint what factors or dynamic can be found to be useful in trying to make sense of the sudden mass mobilization in the Middle East in 2011. Notwithstanding some methodological limitations that were imposed, the intentionally very general research question has yielded a series of valuable insights, mostly centered on endogenous factors that can help elucidate the complexeties of the Arab uprisings. CONTENT: 1. Introduction 2. Surprise, surprise! 3. Here to stay 4. Engendering transformations 5. The not-so-domino effect 6. The day after 7. Analogies with caution 8. Uncertain outcomes 9. Not without danger 10. Conclusion