The Arab Spring unexpectedly developed in late 2010 with peaceful protests in a number of Arab countries against long-standing, entrenched regimes, and rapid political change across the region ensued. The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East examines these revolutions and their aftermath. Noted authorities writing specifically for this volume contribute chapters focusing on countries directly or indirectly involved, illuminating the immediate and long-term impacts of the revolutions in the region and throughout the world. A thoughtful concluding chapter ties together key themes, while also delineating persistent myths and misinterpretations. This is an essential volume for students and scholars of the Middle East, as well as anyone seeking a fuller understanding of region and what may lie ahead.
Mark L. Haas is associate professor in the Political Science Department and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Clash of Ideologies and The Ideological Origins of Great Power Politics, 1789--1989, and coeditor of The Middle East and the United States (Westview Press). David W. Lesch is professor of Middle East history and chair of the History Department at Trinity University. Dr. Lesch is the author of several books, including Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad and The New Lion of Damascus, and coeditor of The Middle East and the United States (Westview Press).