|EuroMeSCo Paper 9: Talking About the Revolution: Narratives on the Origin and Future of the Arab Spring|
|Written by Timo Behr|
Timo Behr, Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, examines some of the major debates and narratives that have developed on the origins of the Arab Spring. In order to do so, his paper 'Talking about Revolution" critically review the main structural, institutional, technological, and ideationalexplanations for the Arab Spring protests. What has been the explanatory value of each of thesefactors? How are they connected? And what do they suggest about the future of the Arab Spring?
While the paper treat these different explanations as analytically separate elements for the purpose of this analysis, it argues that ultimately a multivariate explanation is needed. The paper conclude with some consideration about what these various explanations tell us about the future prospects of the Arab authoritarian system. (See full text in pdf)