Summer 2011

ISSN 1558-9855

VOL. 7, NO. 2

‘Youth, Democracies & Revolutions Around the World’

Origins and Responses to the Arab Awakening by Aziz Abu Sarah

To Western governments the uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East came as a surprise. Sarah analyzes the factors leading to the widespread unrest and discusses the responses by Arab leaders.


2011:  The Arab World’s 1989 or 1848? by Mark Katz

Katz draws two historical comparisons–first to European revolutionary movements in the middle of the 19th century and second to the fall of the Iron Curtain after 1989–in order to examine recent revolutionary activities in the Arab World and gauge their impact.


The Arab Uprisings: Caution Against Missed Elements by Bassam Haddad

Focusing on the political and economic regimes in societies across the Middle East, Haddad argues that this new elitism has buttressed authoritarian rule and that only redistribution can bring growth, sustainable development and social peace.


Orange Revolution in Ukraine: Inspiration of Disillusionment? by Karina V. Korostelina

Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Ukraine, Korostelina shows that despite the high hopes of the Orange Revolution, the lack of change to the daily lives of Ukrainians led to disappointment among youth, disillusionment in their role in society, and low levels of civic engagement.


¿Primavera Hispana 2011?: Youth, Indignation, and Human Rights in the Hispanic World by Ricardo Vivancos Pérez

In his article Vivancos compares two recent social movements in Mexico and Spain in response to drug war violence and the financial crisis, discussing the potential of a ‘Hispanic Spring’ reminiscent of the uprisings in the Middle East.