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Editors Introduction

Editors Introduction Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011) 1­2 brill.nl/melg Since January 2011, the world has witnessed amazing changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. The changes have brought forth new hopes and possibilities as the peoples of the region agitate for change, reform, and increased freedoms. The popular movements ­ referred to variously as a `Spring', `Revolution', `Uprising' ­ draw upon histories, traditions, and technologies in ways not before witnessed in the region. The novelty and apparent suddenness of the events since January 2011 have left scholars and policy makers scrambling to make sense of an ever changing situation. Yet even though the dust continues to circle as the winds of change take new directions, government officials and policy makers around the world must make assessments and choices. How to support domestic reforms while maintaining regional stability? Who are the new political elite and what interests do they represent? What will be the role of Islamist parties, and what are their visions for the future of their countries? Will the revolutionary fervor lead to democratic reform or stagnate as domestic economies shrink from revolutionary upheavals and global market forces? These questions and others preoccupy those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Middle East Law and Governance Brill

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1876-3367
eISSN
1876-3375
DOI
10.1163/187633711X591378
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Abstract

Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011) 1­2 brill.nl/melg Since January 2011, the world has witnessed amazing changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. The changes have brought forth new hopes and possibilities as the peoples of the region agitate for change, reform, and increased freedoms. The popular movements ­ referred to variously as a `Spring', `Revolution', `Uprising' ­ draw upon histories, traditions, and technologies in ways not before witnessed in the region. The novelty and apparent suddenness of the events since January 2011 have left scholars and policy makers scrambling to make sense of an ever changing situation. Yet even though the dust continues to circle as the winds of change take new directions, government officials and policy makers around the world must make assessments and choices. How to support domestic reforms while maintaining regional stability? Who are the new political elite and what interests do they represent? What will be the role of Islamist parties, and what are their visions for the future of their countries? Will the revolutionary fervor lead to democratic reform or stagnate as domestic economies shrink from revolutionary upheavals and global market forces? These questions and others preoccupy those

Journal

Middle East Law and GovernanceBrill

Published: Mar 25, 2011

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