Mako Publishes Article on Foreign Intervention During Arab Uprisings

In a new article published in International Politics, Shamiran Mako, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, examines why some Arab Spring countries experienced foreign interventions during largely peaceful pro-democracy uprisings.

In the article, titled “Exploiting dissent: foreign military interventions in the Arab uprisings,” Mako explores how the Arab uprisings produced a permissive regional strategic environment that enabled external actors to leverage competing ideational and material interests through interventions in weak and fragmented states experiencing political unrest. Looking at regional and international foreign military interventions in Bahrain, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, Mako argues that domestic instability caused by mass uprisings altered the relative distribution of power, producing system-wide changes to the MENA state system.

The full article can be read on International Politics‘ website.

Shamiran Mako is an assistant professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She is also a member of the Graduate Faculty at the Political Science Department at Boston University. Her research explores the historical and contemporary drivers of inter and intra-state conflicts that produce weak and fragile states across the MENA region. She is the author of After the Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa, with Valentine Moghadam (forthcoming June 2021). Read more about Professor Mako on her faculty profile