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The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform

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Institute For Middle East Studies

Join POMEPS and authors Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud and Andrew Reynolds to discuss their recent release The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and ReformOpens in a new window (Oxford University Press, 2015).

“The Arab Spring’s modest harvest cries out for explanation. Why did regime change take place in only four Arab countries and why has democratic change proved so elusive in the countries that made attempts? This book attempts to answer those questions.”


  • Jason Brownlee is an associate professor of government and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, and his research focuses on political violence during periods of political change, with an emphasis on the experiences of vulnerable populations. He is also the author of Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance (2012) and Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (2007).

  • Tarek Masoud is an associate professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his research addresses the role of religion in the Muslim world’s political development. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (2014), and the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (2008).

  • Andrew Reynolds is an associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his research deals with democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics, with a particular focus on the presence and impact of minorities and marginalized communities. He is also the author of Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World (2011), The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy (2002) and Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa (1999).