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The Second Arab Awakening & the Battle for Pluralism


Institute For Middle East Studies

Marwan Muasher discusses his new book, The Second Arab Awakening & the Battle for Pluralism, which focuses on political change in the Arab world, beginning with the first “Awakening” in the nineteenth century and extending into future decades when—if the dream is realized—a new Arab world defined by pluralism and tolerance will emerge. Muasher places the Arab Spring in a historical context, arguing that the US, Europe, Israel, and Arab governments alike were all deeply misguided in their thinking about Arab politics and society when the turmoil of the Arab Spring first erupted.


  • Mr. Muasher is the former Foreign Minister of Jordan, and is currently vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Beginning as a journalist for the Jordan Times and later serving as the first Jordanian ambassador to the state of Israel, Mr. Muasher’s career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications.