FP's new Arab revolutions ebook
Foreign Policy has published a compilation of its recent writing on the uprisings in the Arab world, including two pieces by yours truly (on Omar Suleiman and on Mubarak jokes). You can get it here in PDF or from Amazon for your Kindle (and soon other electronic readers). Full press release after the jump.
Foreign Policy Magazine Publishes eBook on the Arab Revolutions
Foreign Policy magazine today announced the publication of Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, and the Unmaking of an Era, an exclusive new ebook that offers an authoritative look at the rapid reordering of the world's most strategic region and the dilemmas it presents for American power - in real time. Revolution in the Arab World is the first major publication on the unrest that has swept across the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks.
This special report from Foreign Policy, available for download directly on the Foreign Policy website and in the Amazon Kindle bookstore marks a unique effort to understand the upheaval as it's happening, featuring some of the world's leading experts, authors, and journalists offering 217 pages of news, views, and insight into the dramatic events unfolding in the Arab world.
"Publishing this ebook is a great experiment for FP," said Susan Glasser, Foreign Policy's editor in chief. "These new publishing tools give us the chance to produce a book about the revolutionary upheaval in the Middle East -- as it's still unfolding. Whether you read this on the Kindle, the iPad or download it on your computer, we're hoping that Revolution in the Arab World will add valuable context, understanding, and analysis to events as they play out, and we're looking forward to updating the ebook regularly to keep on reflecting them."
The book, edited by Glasser, FP managing editor Blake Hounshell and George Washington University professor Marc Lynch, the co-editor of The Mideast Channel on ForeignPolicy.com, includes all-new introductions by Lynch and Hounshell and updated contributions from authors ranging from noted Egyptian writers Issandr El Amrani and Ashraf Khalil to bestselling authors such as Robert Kaplan and leading U.S. policy experts like Aaron David Miller. Over six chapters, the book includes the prescient rumblings of revolution noted by Amrani and other writers in FP over the last year, a dramatic re-telling of the drama in Cairo's Tahrir Square, deeply reported articles on the behind the scenes players who drove the revolutions, and insights on Washington's back-stage drama over how to respond.
"What is the perfect day for Hosni Mubarak? A day when nothing happens." - Egyptian joke, December 2010
"A bunch of incognizant, ineffective young people" - Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly on the Tahrir Square protesters, Jan. 25, 2011
In just 18 short days, the young protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square upended global politics. Not even three weeks after the peaceful demonstrations began, not even two weeks after pro-government thugs charged into the square on camels and horses to force them out, one of the most entrenched leaders in the Middle East and a longtime U.S. ally, Hosni Mubarak, was gone-and autocratic leaders from Morocco to Bahrain were feeling the heat.
Where did this wave of anger come from? Why did it begin in Tunisia, and what does it mean? FP's special ebook starts with a revelatory first chapter that shows how the revolutionary rumblings were ignored, dating back to Issandr El Amrani's prescient warning to Barack Obama in January 2010: Egypt, he wrote, could be the ticking time bomb that overwhelms your international agenda. The coverage also includes a dramatic day-by-day retelling of the battle for Tahrir Square, insider accounts of Washington's flip-flopping and struggle to keep up with events, and some of the world's leading authors and experts, from James Traub to Gary Sick to Robert D. Kaplan, on where we go from here.
Chapter One: Rumblings of Revolution The rumblings of revolution in the Arab world were not difficult to hear, fueled as they were by political stagnation, crumbling public services, endemic police brutality, mass unemployment, and a building sense of failure and humiliation. Across the Middle East, populations bulging with restive, angry youth dreaming of better lives were ruled by geriatric tyrants. For years, the only question had been when they would explode, not if.
Chapter Five: Barack Obama and the New Mideast In August 2010, months before a streetcar vendor's cri de couer lit the flame of revolution in Tunisia, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered a secret report on the potential for instability in the Arab world. What, he wanted to know, might push these regimes over the edge?
Chapter Six: Now What? Revolution and Its Discontents The Arab revolutions are far from over-including those that have already toppled dictators. The mood on the streets is exuberant as a stagnant political order gives way to the first stirrings of liberty and freedom. Yet only two Arab autocrats, Tunisia's Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, have fallen, and the corrupt systems they left behind have not been completely dismantled. Far nastier regimes, with fewer ties to the West, are determined to avoid the same fate. They will be far less reticent to employ deadly force. And by crushing legitimate democratic yearnings, tyrants may be birthing yet more extreme movements in the future.
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