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Policy Analysis 08 August, 2012

Arab Revolutions and Geostrategic Balances and Interactions

The Unit for Political Studies

The Unit for Political Studies is the Center’s department dedicated to the study of the region’s most pressing current affairs. An integral and vital part of the ACRPS’ activities, it offers academically rigorous analysis on issues that are relevant and useful to the public, academics and policy-makers of the Arab region and beyond. The Unit for Policy Studies draws on the collaborative efforts of a number of scholars based within and outside the ACRPS. It produces three of the Center’s publication series: Situation Assessment, Policy Analysis, and Case Analysis reports. 


Abstract

This paper analyzes the potential implications of Arab revolutions on regional and international geopolitics. It examines the impact of international geostrategic factors on the popular uprisings in the Arab world. This study is not concerned with the domestic causes and factors behind popular uprisings and revolutions in the Arab countries, nor does it tackle such issues as the structure of the Arab revolutions or the contribution of economics and media coverage to the outbreak of these uprisings. Instead, it refutes some of the unfounded claims and preconceptions pertaining to these revolutions by analyzing the regional and international geostrategic realities that prevailed prior to the outbreak of these popular revolts.

 

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