Dynamics Driving the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt
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In relation to recent events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the communications environment and the ability for groups and individuals to broadcast and receive messages without state control has been significant and, some would argue, has contributed significantly to the ‘Arab Spring’.
As Information Operations analysts and practitioners search for answers in a world of incessant change, understanding ‘drivers for change’ has become increasingly difficult. Egypt and Tunisia serve as two powerful examples of how these drivers have evolved and what effects they have already produced in their respective civil societies.
As digital and conventional media messaging struggles to keep pace with events on the ground in countries affected by the Arab Spring, confusion can grow amongst military and policy makers in the West. The opportunity for affecting change in this arena may prove to be a very small window and it is up to strategic elements to ‘get it right’ the first time.
Defence IQ has invited the globally recognised defence consultant, James P Farwell, to deliver our newest webinar: ‘Dynamics Driving the Arab Spring: Tunisia and Egypt’.
Participants will learn:
- The critical factors driving political change in Tunisia, as well as complementary ‘drivers for change’
- The role of social media in Tunisia and the impact on civil unrest and protest
- The 6 essential steps in the development of a successful organic popular uprising in Tunisia
- Critical catalysts driving revolt in Egypt and the spread of ‘Arab Spring’ themes to regional actors
- The key features of Arab Spring states and what to expect for the future
- The future of Al Qaeda
James P Farwell is an expert in strategic communication and information operations who has advised the US Special Operations Command, the US Strategic Command and the Department of Defense on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. He has written articles for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Middle East Institute, Defence IQ, and the IO Journal. He is an attorney with degrees from Tulane and the University of Cambridge, and also a political consultant who has worked nationally and internationally at the presidential level. He lives in New Orleans.
He is also the author of the recently published book, ‘The Pakistan Cauldron’
The assault on Osama bin Laden spotlighted Pakistan’s unpredictable political dynamics, in which betrayal, paranoia and conspiracy feature prominently. Understanding Pakistani politics is crucial to working with this challenging American ally. As Benazir Bhutto often stated, there is “always the story behind the story,” and James Farwell tells it clearly in The Pakistan Cauldron.