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Title: The Arab Spring in the Mirror of Kenneth Waltz's Three Images of International Relations
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Bediako, A.K.
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: The Arab Spring which began in Tunisia in December 2010 shook the social and political foundations of the Arab world. More significantly, the protests led to the deposition of some Arab leaders who had ruled their countries for many years. This was evident in countries like Egypt where sustained protests brought an end to the almost thirty year rule of an autocrat, President Hosni Mubarak, as well as in Tunisia where President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted after 23 years of rule. The case was no different in Libya where a civil war broke out against President Muammar Gaddafi which led to his deposition and eventual execution. A lot of debate has emerged among scholars in an attempt to analyse the causes of the Arab uprisings. Whilst some advanced the lack of democracy or strong authoritarian regimes as the underlying cause, others blamed it on globalization, poverty, unemployment and to an extent American foreign policy. The diversity in the views expressed on the Arab Spring points to the relevance of explanatory frameworks for an in depth understanding of political phenomena. In “Man, the State and War”, Kenneth Waltz suggests three categories for understanding dynamics in international relations. Using secondary sources and proceeding on the hypothesis that Kenneth Waltz’s framework presents a balanced framework for an objective assessment of the Arab Spring, this study sought to appreciate the Arab Spring through the prism of Waltz’s three images.
Description: Thesis (MA) - University of Ghana, 2013
Appears in Collections:Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy

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