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December 2019

How Women Helped Shape Tunisia’s Revolution and Democratic Transition
by Valentine M. Moghadam
“Women, and women’s rights, were at the center—not the margins—of Tunisia’s revolution.”

The Layers of History Beneath Algeria’s Protests
by Muriam Haleh Davis
“One of the essential tasks of the movement is to reconstitute a richer tapestry of Algerian nationalism than has been permitted since independence.”

Reconsidering the Iranian Revolution, Forty Years Later
by Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi
“Today it is hard to imagine the connection between the world that revolutionary impulse envisioned and the actuality it generated in the Islamic Republic.”

Capitalizing on Cosmopolitanism in the Gulf
by Natalie Koch
“[N]ew forms of governance in the Gulf work through identity projects that include (and often co-opt) difference to gain legitimacy.” Third in a series on ways of governing.

Pushing for a Political Breakthrough: Kurds in Turkey and Palestinians in Israel
by Louis Fishman
“These two minority communities have to work within the confines of ethnonationalist states that question their right to participate in the political system.”

Perspective: The Lebanese Rise Up Against a Failed System
by Marwan M. Kraidy
Protests against a dysfunctional and corrupt political class have erupted nationwide, crossing sectarian divides. A frustrated younger generation, unscarred by the civil war, is in the vanguard.

Books: Emotion and Authoritarian Rule in Syria
by Omar Al-Ghazzi
Two authors explore the mixture of violence, ideology, fear, and aspiration that the authoritarian regime has relied on to stay in power for several turbulent decades.

The Month in Review: October 2019
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in October, country by country, day by day.

2019 Current History Index
by the editors of Current History
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Map of the Middle East
by the editors of Current History

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