Chaos and Counterrevolution
Chaos and Counterrevolution

Chaos and Counterrevolution

After the Arab Spring


256 Pages, 6 x 9

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Publication Date: June 2015

ISBN 9781935982500


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In Chaos and Counterrevolution, international law scholar Richard Falk explores the wave of popular protests that swept North Africa and the Middle East in 2011—and the rapid demise (or reversal) the protest movement suffered in most countries, soon thereafter. The protests of 2011 inspired a new generation to imagine a future without authoritarianism. Yet, this sense of hope soon gave way to pessimism, counterrevolution, and sectarian strife.

In this unique collection of blog posts and essays, Falk explores these developments in key countries like Egypt, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, pairing his reflections on developments as they unfolded with his later analysis of the events.

This is a companion volume to Falk's Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope (Just World Books, 2014.)

Author Biography

Richard Falk is a renowned scholar of international law and international relations who in 2014 completed a six-year term as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine. The author of more than 70 books on international law and international affairs and a campaigner against the horrors of war since the days of the U.S. war in Vietnam, Falk is Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University. He is currently affiliated with the University of California, Santa Barbara and directs a project on Middle Eastern politics at Istanbul’s Sabanci University.