The Reawakening of the Arab World: Challenge and Change in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring
According to renowned Marxist economist Samir Amin, the recentArab Spring uprisings comprise an integral part of a massive"second awakening" of the Global South. From the self-immolation inDecember 2010 of a Tunisian street vendor, to the consequentoutcries in Cairo's Tahrir Square against poverty and corruption,to the ongoing upheavals across the Middle East and NorthernAfrica, the Arab world is shaping what may become of Westernimperialism – an already tottering and overextended system.The Reawakening of the Arab World examines the complexinterplay of nations regarding the Arab Spring and its continuing,turbulent seasons. Beginning with Amin’s compelling interpretationof the 2011 popular Arab explosions, the book is comprised of fivechapters – including a new chapter analyzing U.S. geo-strategy.Amin sees the United States, in an increasingly multi-polar world,as a victim of overreach, caught in its own web of attempts tocontain the challenge of China, while confronting the staying powerof nations such as Syria and Iran. The growing, deeply-felt need ofthe Arab people for independent, popular democracy is the cause oftheir awakening, says Amin. It this awakening to democracy that theUnited States fears most, since real self-government by independentnations would necessarily mean the end of U.S. empire, and theeconomic liberalism that has kept it in place. The way forward forthe Arab world, Amin argues, is to take on, not just Westernimperialism, but also capitalism itself.