- By FP Staff
Revolution in the Arab World
A special ebook from Foreign Policy Magazine.
“What is the perfect day for Hosni Mubarak? A day when nothing happens.” — Egyptian joke, December 201
“A bunch of incognizant, ineffective young people” — Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly on the Tahrir Square protesters, Jan. 25, 2011
In just 18 short days, the young protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square upended global politics. Not even three weeks after the peaceful demonstrations began, not even two weeks after pro-government thugs charged into the square on camels and horses to force them out, one of the most entrenched leaders in the Middle East and a longtime U.S. ally, Hosni Mubarak, was gone—and autocratic leaders from Morocco to Bahrain were feeling the heat.
Where did this wave of anger come from? Why did it begin in Tunisia, and what does it mean? FP‘s special report starts with a revelatory first chapter that shows how the revolutionary rumblings were ignored, dating back to Issandr El Amrani’s prescient warning to Barack Obama in January 2010: Egypt, he wrote, could be the ticking time bomb that overwhelms your international agenda. The coverage also includes a dramatic day-by-day retelling of the battle to hold Tahrir Square, insider accounts of Washington’s flip-flopping and struggle to keep up with events, and some of the world’s leading authors and experts, from James Traub to Gary Sick to Robert D. Kaplan, on where we go from here.
Consider it a guidebook for these revolutionary times.
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“Revolution in the Arab World [allows] readers who are fascinated with current events but have no time or inclination to follow in real time both to experience the stream and to benefit from intelligent commentary while the lava of Middle East revolution is still flowing…. Delightful … lively … fascinating.” — Anne-Marie Slaughter, NPR.org
“Anyone interested in understanding the Arab revolutions should read it.” — American Diplomacy
“Fascinating…. The heart-pounding, street-level reporting by Ashraf Khalil and Blake Hounshell … truly transports…. Revolution in the Arab World succeeds in its most fundamental task: capturing the Arab Spring largely as it happened.” — Bookforum
“It took 18 days for Egyptian protesters to topple Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year regime; it took about 10 days for the editors at Foreign Policy to publish a 70,000-word ebook about the revolution.” — Nieman Journalism Lab
“I wish more organizations would present collections like this.” — RealClearWorld
Who: Our contributors include Issandr El Amrani, Karim Sadjadpour, Marc Lynch, Toby C. Jones, Ellen Knickmeyer, David Kenner, Christopher Alexander, Michael Koplow, Tom Malinowski, Steven Heydemann, Eric Goldstein, Ashraf Khalil, Amil Khan, Blake Hounshell, Peter Bouckaert, Tina Rosenberg, Maryam Ishani, Hugh Miles, James Traub, Robert D. Kaplan, Gary Sick, Elliott Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad, Stephen Sestanovich, Aaron David Miller, Stephen M. Walt, Nathan J. Brown, Mohammed Ayoob, and David A. Bell. PLUS: New introduction and updated coverage with the latest from the region.
What: This special report from Foreign Policy offers 217 pages of news, views, and insight into the dramatic events unfolding in the Arab world, with chapters ranging from the experts who caught the first signs of the conflagration to the on-the-ground tick-tock from Tahrir Square. Check out the table of contents for more details.
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.| Dispatch |