Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat

05 Oct 2015 - 15:55

Clingendael’s senior visiting fellow, I. William Zartman,  has recently edited and contributed to a book published by University of Georgia Press titled  Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat. William Zartman, who is a member of  the Steering Committee of the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Program and also Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the John Hopkins University of School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), has notably written two different book chapters on conceptual and theoretical considerations of the contributors’ research on the Arab Spring, and in addition, has jointly composed a chapter on Tunisia together with A. ben Hafaiedh. The book is the latest—and twenty-sixth—PIN Project to appear in press. PIN is the research network on international negotiation. The secretariat of PIN is based at Clingendael.

In the present book, the authors maintain that uprisings similar to the ones of the Arab Spring can be typified as “dynamically multilevel” processes involving individuals, groups, and states with continually shifting priorities due to existing risks of potential violence and instability. By examining a diverse set of matters ranging from non-violent protests and peaceful negotiations to mass demonstrations and armed rebellion, the essays collectively analyze the challenges with regard to post-conflict state reconstruction. This includes both the intricacies of coalition-building between former political and military adversaries and the complexity of negotiations, which could either result in sectarian violence or the development of a sustainable democratic system.

Full reference:  Zartman, I. W. (Ed.) (2015). Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat. Athens: University of Georgia Press. United States. ISBN 9780820348254

More information about the book is available here.