Monthly Archives: April 2012

Week 14

This weeks readings focused on how the Arab Spring has affected people’s perceptions of social media, by asking people to consider whether social media tools have changed the medium of communication. Additionally, it has called into question how governments will … Continue reading

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Week 13

This weeks reading focused on the Arab Spring revolutions and protests in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. In her article “Demystifying the Arab Spring” Lisa Anderson discusses the contextual differences between each of the revolutions. While all of these changes occurred … Continue reading

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Week Thirteen:

This weeks topic is all about the Arab Spring, which was a series of revolts that began in Arab nations (such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya) in early 2011.  Here in the West, we are under the impression that these … Continue reading

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Week 13

In this week’s readings, Anderson, Haas, and Kinsman all express belief that the role of social media in revolution is overrated.  In “Demystifying Arab Spring”, Anderson explains that the widespread share of information that leads to revolutions and social movements … Continue reading

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Week 13

A common thread throughout our readings on the Arab Spring is the idea of each movement as organic and specific. Kinsman talks about this by saying that democracy can’t be imported or exported while Haas talks about it by saying … Continue reading

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Week 13

Kinsman’s structure of revolutions into two parts, revolt and rebuilding, is apt to describe the Arab Spring. He states, “Democracy can neither be exported nor imported…It needs to emerge from within, to be authentic and enduring” (Kinsman, 42). This goes … Continue reading

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Week 13: Tactics and Strategy

“Humiliation is a powerful motivator” (Haass, 115).   “The objective must be to slow the political clock. Egyptians need time to build a civil society and open a political spectrum that has been mostly closed for decades (Haass, 116).  These … Continue reading

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