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Learn why the hope and excitement of the Arab Spring is gone, why so many Arab states are falling apart, why the youth are so frustrated, why there are so many refugees, and what can be done about it. The so-called Arab Spring appeared to end decades of exceptionalism and bring the Arab world back into the mainstream of global developments. The rebellions promised the return of politics and the reassertion of popular sovereignty against their corrupt and geriatric leaders. Much hope and flowery language greeted the young men and women who deposed their leaders and tried to build new, better societies. Today, the Arab world is in deep crisis. Of the 22 member states of the Arab League, at least five have essentially collapsed: Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria exist only in name today, as their territories have fallen to competing, murderous armed groups. In the remaining countries, the old autocracies have reasserted themselves. The repression at home is now worsened by regional conflict on an unprecedented scale, and the resulting frustration has led to the biggest refugee flows in recent memory. What went wrong? This course offers an overview of the structural shortcomings of Arab states and societies, which help us understand why the democratic awakening did not happen but instead “has given way to civil wars, ethnic, sectarian and regional divisions and the reassertion of absolutism.” This raises the obvious and renewed question whether there is something inherent in the Arab, and by analogy Muslim, condition that makes them special. Does this condition make this part of the world impervious to generally observable trends towards greater accountability, popular participation in political decision-making, greater generation and fairer division of economic wealth? Join this course to find out!...
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Dates limites flexibles

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Beginner Level

Niveau débutant

Clock

Recommandé : 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week

Approx. 14 heures pour terminer
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English, Arabic, Spanish

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Section
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3 heures pour terminer

Instability and Institutional Failure

In this section, you will become acquainted with some of the mistakes that were made in the decades prior to the outbreak of the recent Arab rebellions. These shortcomings have led to stunted and underperforming political systems, much at variance with developments elsewhere....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 38 min), 1 lecture, 4 quiz
Video4 vidéos
1b. The Arab Exception: Critical Reason and Responsibility8 min
1c. Relativism and Reality: The Price of Inadaption12 min
1d. Physical Elections and Necessary Comparisons7 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings for module 1 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Broken Societies and an Aborted Awakening16 min
The Arab Exception: Critical Reason and Responsibility16 min
Relativism and Reality: The Price of Inadaption16 min
Physical Elections and Necessary Comparisons16 min

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Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Governance

At the heart of most of the enduring problems plaguing the Arab world is the availability of essentially free income flowing to the governments of the region. These ‘rents’ have sustained a repressive arrangement in which citizens pay little or no taxes and have no voice....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 44 min), 1 lecture, 4 quiz
Video4 vidéos
2b. The Authoritarian Social Contract and the Absence of Politics12 min
2c. Now is the Winter of Our Discontent9 min
2d. The Absence of Politics: Fear, Stability, Institutional Decay, and Polarising Elections11 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings for module 2 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Missing the Boat to the 'Third Wave' of Democratisation16 min
The Authoritarian Social Contract and the Absence of Politics16 min
Now is the Winter of Our Discontent16 min
The Absence of Politics: Fear, Stability, Institutional Decay, and Polarising Elections16 min

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Section
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3 heures pour terminer

Institutions

Social action inevitably produces institutions, namely values, stable, repeated patterns of behaviour. In this section, you will learn what institutions are, how they come about, how their relative effectiveness is measures, how and why they decline, and why all that matters. ...
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 43 min), 1 lecture, 4 quiz
Video4 vidéos
3b. The Miracle of Politics: Accountability and Effectiveness9 min
3c. Contestation of Models: Is 'Good Governance' a Western or an Islamic Idea?10 min
3d. Contingency, Trajectories and Performance Standards12 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings for module 310 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
The Necessity of Politics: Power and Authority16 min
The Miracle of Politics: Accountability and Effectiveness16 min
Contestation of Models: Is 'Good Governance' a Western or an Islamic Idea?16 min
Contingency, Trajectories and Performance Standards16 min

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Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Economics: Bread, Dignity and Freedom

This section deals with the material bases of popular discontent, especially the connection between the states’ explicit promises of delivering welfare that have become increasingly unsustainable in the face of exploding population growth and falling revenues....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 44 min), 1 lecture, 4 quiz
Video4 vidéos
4b. Labour Market: Insiders and Outsiders8 min
4c. Law, Institutions and Economic Performance10 min
4d. Trade, Productivity and Rent Seeking: Living on Borrowed Time14 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings for module 4 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Material Base of Discontent16 min
Labor Market: Insiders and Outsiders16 min
Law, Institutions and Economic Performance12 min
Trade, Productivity and Rent Seeking: Living on Borrowed Time16 min
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par BESep 4th 2017

That is the second class I am taking with Professor Afsah and would love to take more. The class is interesting, engaging and relevant. Highly recommended!

par EBSep 20th 2017

Excellent and very informative course, makes you think critically about the situation in the Middle East.

Enseignant

Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

Associate Professor
Faculty of Law

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