Mako Discusses “After the Arab Uprisings” on POMEPS Podcast

Shamiran Mako, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, appeared on the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Middle East Political Science podcast to discuss her latest book – After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa – with coauthor Valentine Moghadam of Northeastern University. 

During the episode, Mako and Moghadam discuss the key findings of their book and how they go about examining the key elements in explaining the divergent outcomes of the Arab Spring uprising. The book offers an explanatory framework to explore why only some Arab mass social protests of 2011 resulted in relatively quick and nonviolent outcomes in the direction of regime change, democracy, and social transformation. By applying four key themes – state and regime type, civil society, gender relations, and women’s mobilizations, as well as external influence – to seven regional cases, Mako and Moghadam highlight the salience of domestic and external factors and forces, uniquely presenting women’s legal status, social positions, and organizational capacity, along with the presence or absence of external intervention, as key elements in explaining the divergent outcomes of the Arab Spring uprisings, and extending the analysis to the present day.

The full podcast can be listened to below.

POMEPS Middle East Political Science Podcast · The Arab Uprisings, Islamophobic Behaviors, and Sudan’s Civil Resistance (S. 11, Ep. 12)

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