Chapter 15: A new regional fault line: the Middle East divided in search of a post-revolutionary order
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The Arab Spring has fundamentally transformed discourse over socio-politics in the Middle East, polarizing civil society, policymakers and academics. The struggle to reorder the region post-revolution endures, pitting against each other two ideological camps who fundamentally disagree about how best to move the region from a state of chaos into a new order. While it seems as if the counterrevolutionary forces in the region have won the battle for now, the war over strategic narratives and visions has created a new divisive fault line in the region that is neither sectarian nor cultural in nature. As this chapter goes to show, the new fault line in the Middle East divides the region between those who believe in socio-political liberalization and those who advocate for authoritarian stability - a divide that pulls in not only governments but also, increasingly, civil society and academic discourse.

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