Building Democracy on the Ashes of Authoritarianism in the Arab World: Workshop Summary

Building Democracy on the Ashes of Authoritarianism in the Arab World: Workshop Summary. RAND Corporation.Laurel E. Miller and Jeffrey Martini. July 29, 2013.

After popular uprisings toppled authoritarian leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya in 2011 and precipitated a negotiated power transfer in Yemen in 2012, it quickly became commonplace to observe that ousting a disliked regime was easier than replacing it with something better. The challenges that come after regime change, building new, more open political systems and responding to popular expectations of improved living conditions, have come to the fore. Political and social upheavals have been on full display as politicians, activists, and publics at large have struggled to define new rules for wielding government power and new relationships between states and societies. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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