About the Authors

Christopher Alexander is the John and Ruth McGee director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program at Davidson College. In addition to several articles on politics in North Africa, he is the author of Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb (2010).
Read Chapter 5 - Tunisia: The Best Bet

Khalil al Anani is a scholar of Middle East politics at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University in Britain. His books include Elections and Transition in the Middle East in the Post-revolutionary Era (forthcoming), Religion and Politics in Egypt After Mubarak (2011), Hamas: From Opposition to Power (2009), and The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Gerontocracy Fighting against Time (2008).
Read Chapter 4 - Egypt: The New Puritans

Nicholas Blanford is the Beirut correspondent for The Times of London and The Christian Science Monitor. He is the author of Killing Mr. Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East (2006) and Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah’s Thirty-Year Struggle against Israel (2011).
Read Chapter 12 - Lebanon: The Shiite Dimension

Nathan J. Brown is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He is also a nonresident senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His most recent book is When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics (2012). His website is http://home.gwu.edu/~nbrown.
Read Chapter 9 - Palestinians: Fighting and Governing

Leslie Campbell is senior associate at the National Democratic Institute and regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. Since 2009, Campbell has made twelve trips to Yemen to discuss issues of political reform and dialogue among political factions as an alternative to conflict.
Read Chapter 13 - Yemen: The Tribal Islamists

Annika Folkeson works for the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She previously worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in the Palestinian territories. She has also worked in Syria and Lebanon.
Read Chapter 15 - Islamist Groups: Parties and Factions

Abdeslam Maghraoui is associate professor of political science at Duke University and member of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. He is author of Liberalism without Democracy (2006) and a series of papers on the challenge of democratization in the Maghreb. He studies comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the interplay between culture and politics.
Read Chapter 10 - Morocco: The King's Islamists

Manal Omar is the director of the North Africa, Iraq, and Iran programs for the United States Institute of Peace. She was a member of the Libya Stabilization Team under the National Transitional Council formed during the revolution. She was previously a regional program manager for Oxfam GB and led humanitarian responses for Yemen, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, and Iraq. Omar is the author of Barefoot in Baghdad (2010).
Read Chapter 6 - Libya: Rebuilding from Scratch

David B. Ottaway lived in Algiers from 1962 to 1966 while working for UPI and The New York Times. A former Washington Post Middle East correspondent, he coauthored with his wife, Marina, Algeria: The Politics of a Socialist Revolution. He visited Algeria again in 2009 and 2010 for a book about his life and times as a foreign correspondent. He is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Read Chapter 7 - Algeria: Bloody Past and Fractious Factions

Thomas Pierret is a lecturer in contemporary Islam at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Baas et Islam en Syrie (2011); the English version, titled Religion and State in Syria, will be published by Cambridge University Press. His blog in French is http://blogs.mediapart.fr/blog/Thomas%20Pierret.
Read Chapter 8 - Syria: Old-timers and Newcomers

Olivier Roy, a professor at the European University Institute in Florence, is the author of Globalized Islam (2004) and Holy Ignorance (2010). He heads the ReligioWest Research project at http://www.eui.eu/Projects/ReligioWest/About/.
Read Chapter 2 - Islam: The Democracy Dilemma

Jillian Schwedler is associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (2006) and coeditor of Policing and Prisons in the Middle East (2010). Her website is http://polsci.umass.edu/profiles/schwedler_jillian.
Read Chapter 11 - Jordan: The Quiescent Opposition

Samer Shehata, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, is a former fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities–American Research Center in Egypt, and the Carnegie Foundation. He is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (2009) and the editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (2012). His website is http://samershehata.com.
Read Chapter 3 - Egypt: The Founders

Ömer Taşpinar is professor at the National War College and senior nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the coauthor of Winning Turkey: How America, Europe, and Turkey Can Revive a Fading Partnership (2008). His website is http://www.brookings.edu/experts/taspinaro.aspx.
Read Chapter 14 - Turkey: The New Model?

Robin Wright is a joint fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the U.S. Institute of Peace. A former correspondent for The Washington Post, her most recent book is Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (2011). Her blog is http://robinwrightblog.blogspot.com and her book website is http://www.robinwright.net.
Read Chapter 1 - The Middle East: They've Arrived


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