The Arab Winter: A Tragedy, by Noah Feldman. Princeton University Press. Hardcover: ISBN: 9780691194929
Noah Feldman, author of the Arab Winter contends that the Arab Spring did not accomplish what it set out to do—Bring self-government to the Middle East by ending dictatorship. Only Tunisia escaped the continual civil war, extremist terror, and continued dictatorship. While this time was an ultimate failure to eliminate what it set out to do, this was the first time Arabic-speaking people took a stab at uniting for a collective political action to try to end civil war and dictatorship. The author postulates that the Arab Spring did not really have a chance at success.
In the Arab Winder, Feldman provides an account of political consequences as he discusses the Syrian Civil War, the Egyptian revolution and counterrevolution, the Tunisian struggle toward Islamic constitutionalism, and the rise and fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He wants the world to take note that there were some successes, at least for a while. The effort to strive for constitutional democracy was an effort well put forth. While awakening to constitutional democracy was not immediately successful, it will have hopefully created a path to future successes.
Chapters you will read include: The People Want, Tahir and the Problem of Agency, Syria and the Question of Fault, The Islamic State of Utopia, Tunisia and Political Responsibility, and the afterword: Catharsis….Carol
About the author: Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of many books, including The Three Lives of James Madison, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Princeton), and What We Owe Iraq (Princeton). A contributing writer for Bloomberg Opinion and the host of the podcast Deep Background, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Twitter @NoahRFeldman