Dissent, Repression, and the Outcomes of the Arab Spring


Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C103

Will H. Moore, professor of political science, Florida State University, Kroc Institute visiting research fellow

The popular uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 have exhibited widely varying outcomes: regime collapse, civil war, successful repression, and even successful deterrence. Moore’s study explores the extent to which patterns of dissent and repression illuminates these varied outcomes. By focusing on the cooperative and hostile behavior of both dissident groups and governments, and especially each actors’ responses to the others’ behavior, Moore builds on existing theories of dissent and repression to determine why we have observed such varying outcomes throughout the region.