In the aftermath of the turmoil that shook North Africa in late
2010 and early 2011, commentators and analysts have sought
explanations to the factors that triggered the uprisings and to
understand why a region, seemingly characterized by relative
stability for decades, would suddenly erupt in convulsions. Had an
underlying dynamism in the region overwhelmed what were ostensibly
stable authoritarian regimes? What were the connections to events
and dynamics beyond the region, such as countries in the Middle
East, international commodity markets, and environmental factors,
amongst others? Why had allies abetted authoritarianism for so
long, and what were the implications for such alliances? North
African Politics: Change and continuity brings together experts to
explore these questions, providing in-depth analyses of important
developments in the region, which build upon and complement the
2008 companion volume, North Africa: Politics, Region and the
Limits of Transformation. This 21-chapter volume is a key
contribution that responds to the need in the Anglo-American sphere
for sustained, critical studies on North Africa and examines
political, economic, security, social and military aspects of the
region. Focused studies on individual countries allow detailed
discussion of regional factors. The book also examines extrinsic,
trans-regional dynamics, such as North Africa's influential
interdependencies with the Levant and the Gulf, Europe, Sahelian
and sub-Saharan Africa, and North America. Its innovative approach
provides new perspectives on North Africa, extending its research
scope to include Egypt and exploring China's evolving role in the
region. Providing an important contribution in the assessment of
the ever-shifting political and social tectonics within and beyond
North Africa, North African Politics is an essential resource for
students, scholars and policy makers in Middle Eastern and North
African Studies, and beyond.
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