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The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East$
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Laura Robson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198825036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198825036.001.0001

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Epilogue The Triumph of Violence in the Middle East

Epilogue The Triumph of Violence in the Middle East

(p.198) Epilogue The Triumph of Violence in the Middle East
The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East

Laura Robson

Oxford University Press

This final chapter offers the opportunity to think about the ways in which external powers have repeatedly and consistently made use of the Middle East to declare their participation in discursively liberal political formulations whose practice on the ground emerged as illiberal, antidemocratic, and focused on the extraction and exploitation of material resources. This long history of simultaneous appropriation of and violent opposition to liberalizing political agendas, from both within and without, serves as an important backdrop for contemporary developments—for instance, the slide from broadly based pro-democracy demonstrations to the violent reassertion of authoritarianism in the recent “Arab Spring.”

Keywords:   Middle East, mass violence, neo-imperialism, Arab Spring, Syrian civil war, refugees

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