Historian Elizabeth F. Thompson Discussed the Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East
The Arab Spring uprisings since 2011 have been portrayed in the media as a false dawn of democracy in the region. But the revolutionaries see themselves as heirs to a centuries-long struggle for just government and the rule of law. Their struggle has been obstructed by foreign powers’ interventions, and by elites who cooperated with them. Elizabeth F. Thompson uncovered the deep roots of liberal constitutionalism in the Middle East through the remarkable stories of those who have fought against poverty, tyranny, and foreign rule. These stories offer lessons for Americans’ future role in the region.