In the wake of massive demonstrations in 2010 that led to the so-called Arab Spring, scholars from a variety of disciplines have sought to explain the phenomenon of authoritarianism in the Middle East.
If politics is the art of the possible, then Tunisian politicians have shown themselves to be masters of it.
The killing of 31 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula has raised the specter of an all-out war between Cairo and Islamic militants.
This timely and wise book arrives just as many observers are beginning to conclude that the so-called Arab Spring has turned out to be a great failure. The evidence is found in Syria, in Egypt, in Libya, in Bahrain and elsewhere.
The story that Tariq Ramadan tells us is eye-opening. The recent uprisings (his preferred term) in the Middle East and North Africa were not caused spontaneously and casually as they may seem at first.