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June 12th, 2012

Political Science and the New Arab Public Sphere

Submitted by Marc Lynch, George Washington University

The uprisings which surged through the Arab world in 2011 did not come from nowhere. They represented in part the manifestation of a long, structural transformation in the region’s public sphere which radically undermined the ability of states to control or shape information. Challenges to authoritarian regimes, on the streets and online, had been growing [...]

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