Inglorious Revolutions: State Cohesion in the Middle East after the Arab Spring

The Middle East state system, which was largely an artificial construct of the post-World War I international order, has faced enormous challenges since Arab uprisings erupted in December 2010. The collection of essays in this volume, based on a seminar held by the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies during the 2012–2013 academic year, examines the state in the Middle East in the aftermath of the uprisings, and seeks to explain how the region has slipped sideways since 2010, and what it might mean for the existing framework of states. How are the individual states coping with these challenges? Are they succeeding? If not, what are the potential consequences for the cohesion of states, societies, and the region? What kinds of broad patterns are emerging? How are these transformations manifesting themselves? The essays presented in this volume address these issues and more, and attempt to analyze the meaning of the momentous change that has taken place across the region since December 2010.