Authoritarian "geopolitics" of survival in the Arab Spring
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Aras, Bülent and Falk, Richard (2014) Authoritarian "geopolitics" of survival in the Arab Spring. (Accepted/In Press)
The Arab Spring has shaken not only the state and society dimension in the countries of MENA region but also the power of authoritarian leaders that had been ensured for a long period of time. This paper takes a critical look at the issue of how authoritarian regimes reacted to the new political atmosphere produced by the Arab Spring. More specifically, it attempts to identify how geopolitical reasoning influenced the formulation of new strategies designed to promote the survival of authoritarian regimes. It focuses upon the geopolitical reasoning relied upon by Iran and Saudi Arabia that included creating threat-enemy chains in domestic politics, shifting alliances in regional policy, and taking advantage of relations with external actors to gain support for authoritarian rule at home.
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