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The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions? (edited by Jang Ji-Hyang and Clement Henry) is now available at Kyobo Bookstores nationwide and online through Palgrave Macmillan.

Jang Ji-Hyang & Clement Henry, The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?

Co-edited by Dr. Jang Ji-Hyang, Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and Dr. Clement Henry, Chair of the Political Science Department at the American University in Cairo, The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions? expands upon the discussions and analyses presented at the 2011 Asan Middle East Conference held by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea.

It seeks to offer policymakers and researchers a more nuanced appreciation of the multiple dimensions to the political turbulence that has fundamentally transformed the Middle East and North Africa over the past two years. While outlining the unique circumstances and diverse trajectories that each of the uprisings has taken, the book seeks to highlight common elements and processes that connect these events together.

In particular, four key variables appear to have been critical to determining the relative success or failure of individual uprisings: (1) the strength of state traditions; (2) the level of institutional experience with pluralism; (3) oil rents; and (4) the configurations of political patronage. Using these four variables, the contributions to this book explore the long-term prospects for states across the region to make the successful transition to democratic government within the context of unprecedented social and political change.

About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Middle East and North Africa Program / Research Division

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008), and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.