The gender of democracy

why it matters in the Middle East and North Africa

Valentine M. Moghadam Purdue University

The year 2011 will always be remembered as the year of mass social protests for democratization and justice that led to the collapse of authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa.  The explosions of popular protest have led analysts to discuss causes and speculate about consequences and outcomes. Opinions have been aired about the role of young people, of the demands of “the Arab street”, and of the possible transition to a liberal or Islamist or coalition type of governance. 

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