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Author Debeuf, Koert, 1974- author

Title Inside the Arab Revolution : three years on the front line of the Arab Spring / Koert Debeuf ; foreword by Guy Verhofstadt
Published Leuven, Belgium : Lannoo Campus, [2014]


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Description 226 pages ; 24 cm
Contents I. Foreword / Guy Verhofstadt: A Mediterranean Community. A New Vision for the European Southern Neighbourhood -- II. This Is an Arab Revolution -- Atlantic centrism -- Is Cairo the next New York? -- More than an Arab Spring -- A tsunami of change -- The Arab versus the French Revolution -- III. Inside the Arab Revolution. Three Years of Publishing -- Egypt. Reflections from October 2,011 to September 2013 -- 1. There is no problem with the Copts… -- 2. Towards a second Egyptian revolution -- 3. In bitter fight, Egyptian Islamists rig the elections -- 4. From Twitter Revolution to Twitter Democracy -- 5. Are the Muslim Brothers Muslim Republicans? -- 6. Elections in Egypt: some early conclusions -- 7. How to safeguard the revolution in Egypt: an outsider's perspective -- 8. Out of the crisis with an Egyptian triumvirate? An outsider's perspective -- 9. President Morsi: cooperating or disappearing? -- 10. Morsi is a blessing for Egyptian liberals: an outsider's perspective -- 11. Belgium: unconstitutional parliament for 10 years and still rolling! -- 12. Egypt and the psychology of dictatorship: an outsider's perspective -- 13. To safeguard democracy in Egypt, postpone the referendum: an outsider's perspective -- 14. The suicide mission of the Muslim Brotherhood: an outsider's perspective -- 15. And now, the end is near for President Morsi -- 16. Egypt: will there be order after the chaos? An outsider's perspective -- 17. How President Morsi ousted himself: a too short overview -- 18. What should the EU decide on Egypt? -- Tunisia. Some reflections -- 1. Political fight for power in Egypt and Tunisia -- Syria. Reflections from May 2012 to January 2014 -- 1. Syria is a second Bosnia. Assad is Milosevic -- 2. Eyewitness account -- Syria: a report from the field -- 3. Syrian insurgents say aid isn't getting where it needs to go (Article New York Times) -- 4. The Free Syrian Army does exist and is growing stronger by the day by Koert Debeuf & Response by Aron Lund -- 5. What does the Free Syrian Army want? -- 6. Not the jihadists but we are the problem -- 7. We never learn: Syrian lessons from Bosnia -- 8. Syria: the land of broken promises -- 9. Assad is the problem, not the solution -- Libya. Reflections from October to May 2013 -- 1. Zenga Zenga Democracy -- 2. The untold story of Libya's Mahmud Gebril -- Turkey. Reflections from September 2011 to June 2013 -- 1. Have we lost Turkey? -- 2. What would you do if you were Erdogan? -- 3. Is Taksim the Turkish Tahrir? I thought not, until I came to Istanbul -- 4. Judy asks: is Turkey becoming more Western or less? -- Jordan. Some reflections -- 1. And revolution again in Jordan -- Lebanon. Some reflections -- Further reflections on the European disaster in the Arab World -- 1. EU-Egypt Task Force: the perfect misunderstanding -- 2. How the EU is losing its entire Neighbourhood -- Bibliography
Summary This is not an Arab Spring. This is an Arab Revolution of the magnitude of the French Revolution". Historian, political observer and opinion-maker Koert Debeuf draws this conclusion from three years of living and working in the heart of the Arab world. Having travelled extensively in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine and Turkey, he saw from the first row history unfolding. From Tahrir Square to Taksim Square, between teargas, bullets and bombs. This book gives unique insight into the real fights and frustrations of the Arab Revolution. In this compilation of blogs, articles and essays the reader begins to understand the complex realities and ideas behind the revolutions from Tunisia to Turkey. Some of the pieces even influenced Arab and international politics. In a foreword, Guy Verhofstadt, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and former prime minister of Belgium (1999-2008), sets out a new vision of European cooperation with the Arab world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-226)
Subject Arab Spring, 2010-
Revolutions -- Arab countries -- History -- 21st century.
Arab countries -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Genre/Form History.
Author Verhofstadt, Guy, 1953- writer of added commentary
LC no. 2014479093
ISBN 9789401418249 (paperback)
9401418241 (paperback)