The Age of Counter-Revolution: States and Revolutions in the Middle East

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Jamie Allinson

Jamie Allinson

University of Edinburgh

Ala'a Shehabi

Ala'a Shehabi


Charles Tripp

Charles Tripp



Toby Dodge

Toby Dodge

LSE Middle East Centre

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This event will be the launch of Jamie Allinson's latest book The Age of Counter-Revolution: States and Revolutions in the Middle East published by Cambridge University Press.

The 'Arab Spring' has come to symbolise defeated hopes for democracy and social justice in the Middle East. In this book, Allinson demonstrates how these defeats were far from inevitable. Rather than conceptualising the 'Arab Spring' as a series of failed revolutions, Allinson argues it is better understood as a series of successful counter-revolutions.

Placing the fate of the Arab uprisings in a global context, Allinson reveals how counter-revolutions rely on popular support and cross borders to forge international alliances. By connecting the Arab uprisings to the decade of global protest that followed them, Allinson's work demonstrates how new forms of counter-revolution have rendered it near impossible to implement political change without first enacting fundamental social transformation.

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Jamie Allinson is senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Jamie's research concerns social theory and the critique of political economy. He is especially interested in the uneven and combined development of capitalism and how histories of this phenomenon undermine distinctions between the state and civil society, domestic and international politics and the Global North and South. Jamie is also the author of The Struggle for the State in Jordan: The Social Origins of Alliances in the Middle East which was awarded the Jadaliyya 2016 Political Economy Book Prize.

Ala'a Shehabi is a lecturer in Middle East Politics at the Department of European and International Social and Political Studies at UCL. Shehabi is also a senior research fellow at The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Trained in economics, she is now a transdisciplinary and mixed methods researcher focusing on public goods; infrastructure and development; energy justice; participatory action methods and citizen-scholarship through citizen science and citizen assemblies with a Middle East area focus. 

Charles Tripp has been Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London since 2007. His research has mainly focused on political developments in the Middle East and includes the nature of autocracy, war and the state, as well as Islamic political thought, the politics of resistance and the relationship between art and power. He is currently working on a study of the emergence of the public and the rethinking of republican ideals in North Africa.

Toby Dodge is a Professor in the Department of International Relations at LSE where he is Deputy Head of the Department (PhD and Research). He is also Kuwait Professor and Director of the Kuwait Programme at the LSE Middle East Centre. Toby's research concentrates on the evolution of the post-colonial state in the international system. The main focus of this work on the developing world is the state in the Middle East, specifically Iraq.

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