Expat-ing Democracy: Dissidents, Technology, and Democratic Discourse in the Middle East

Published by  
Peter Lang GmbH / European Foundation of Democracy
Hardcover , 246 pages , $60
ISBN: 
978-3-631-65469-9
Year: 
2016

From the publisher Peter Lang:

"Taking Syria and Iran as case studies, this book explores how expatriate groups have used tools such as technology and new media to influence political discourse and to irrevocably alter the political dynamics both in their home countries and in the Middle East at large. Based on over 60 in-depth interviews with dissidents, expat leaders, journalists and researchers from Syria and Iran that were conducted both before and after the Arab Spring, the author examines the tripartite relationship between technology, dissent and democratization. This approach offers a unique perspective on contemporary geopolitics in the Middle East and considers possible scenarios for the future of the region."