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The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions? (edited by Jang Ji-Hyang and Clement Henry) is now available at Kyobo Bookstores nationwide and online through Palgrave Macmillan.

Jang Ji-Hyang & Clement Henry, The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?

Co-edited by Dr. Jang Ji-Hyang, Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and Dr. Clement Henry, Chair of the Political Science Department at the American University in Cairo, The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions? expands upon the discussions and analyses presented at the 2011 Asan Middle East Conference held by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea.

It seeks to offer policymakers and researchers a more nuanced appreciation of the multiple dimensions to the political turbulence that has fundamentally transformed the Middle East and North Africa over the past two years. While outlining the unique circumstances and diverse trajectories that each of the uprisings has taken, the book seeks to highlight common elements and processes that connect these events together.

In particular, four key variables appear to have been critical to determining the relative success or failure of individual uprisings: (1) the strength of state traditions; (2) the level of institutional experience with pluralism; (3) oil rents; and (4) the configurations of political patronage. Using these four variables, the contributions to this book explore the long-term prospects for states across the region to make the successful transition to democratic government within the context of unprecedented social and political change.

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지역연구센터 / 중동연구프로그램

장지향 박사는 아산정책연구원의 지역연구센터 중동연구프로그램 선임연구위원이다. 외교부의 정책자문위원으로도 활동하고 있다. 한국외국어대학교에서 문학사, 정치학 석사 학위를, 미국 텍사스 오스틴 대학교(University of Texas at Austin)에서 정치학 박사 학위를 받았다. 주요연구 분야는 중동 정치경제, 정치 이슬람, 비교 민주화, 국제개발협력 등이 있다. 저서로 클레멘트 헨리(Clement Henry)와 공편한 «The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?» (Asan Institute 2012, Palgrave Macmillan 2013), 주요 논문으로 “혁명의 우발성과 다양성: 2011년 ‘중동의 봄’을 어떻게 설명할 것인가?” (아산정책연구원 이슈 브리프, 2011), “세계화 시기 자본의 민주적 함의: 이슬람 자본의 성장에 따른 무슬림 포괄 정당의 부상에 대한 이론적 고찰” (국제•지역연구, 2010), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2008) 등이 있다. 옮긴 책으로는 파와즈 게르게스(Fawaz Gerges)의 «지하디스트의 여정» (아산정책연구원, 2011)이 있다.