After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East?

How far did the events of 2011 contest the fundamentals of social, economic and political organisation in the Arab world?

This report assesses the uprisings in six countries and the impact on power shifts for the US, Iran, and Israel. 

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  After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East?


  • Biographies from time of publication
  • Ranj Alaaldin is a PhD candidate at the LSE, studying the Shias of Iraq. He is a Senior Analyst at the Next Century Foundation and travels regularly to the MENA region, including recent stints in Iraq and Libya.
  • Toby Dodge is a Reader in International Relations in the Department of International Relations at LSE. He is also the Head of the Middle East Programme at IDEAS.
  • Dr Fatima El Issawi is a visiting fellow at POLIS, the journalism and society think tank in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. She is leading a research project on ‘Arab revolutions: Media Revolutions’ looking at transformations in the Arab media industry under political transitions, funded by Open Society.
  • Nicholas Kitchen is a Research Fellow at LSE IDEAS and the Editor of IDEAS Reports. His book, Strategy in US Foreign Policy, will be published by Routledge in 2012.
  • George Lawson is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at LSE and a member of the LSE IDEAS Management Committee. His books include: Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile (2005), and Anatomies of Revolution (2013).
  • Christopher Phillips is Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London. He was formerly Syria and Jordan analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit. His first book, Everyday Arab Identity: the Daily Reproduction of the Arab World will be published by Routledge in September 2012.
  • Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is the Research Director of the Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States, based in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Ewan Stein is a lecturer in politics and international relations at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
  • Tobias Thiel is a PhD Candidate in the International History Department at LSE. He has conducted field research in Yemen between 2010 and 2012 for his dissertation about collective memory, social movements and political violence in Yemen.
  • Yaniv Voller is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the LSE, where he works on separatism and Middle East geopolitics. He is also an assistant for the Middle East International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS. He holds degrees in Middle East Studies from Tel Aviv University and SOAS.

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