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DOHA: A new book on Arab Spring countries by Khalid A Al Sayed, Editor-in-Chief of The Peninsula, has been released in English and Arabic languages simultaneously.
The book, GCC and the Arab Spring, focuses on the economies of the Arab Spring countries, outcomes achieved in those countries following Arab revolutions and underlines the need for GCC states to make reforms a priority and address the impact of Arab revolutions on their populations.
In the preface, the author speaks from a pure Arab point of view about how the events of the Arab Spring led to transformation in the Gulf Cooperation Council and the new issues facing this part of the world.
“The year 2011 will forever be etched in the annals of Middle Eastern history as the year of revolutions. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen have seen their seemingly impenetrable autocratic regimes fall one by one while the scene in Syria is still dominated by an atmosphere of violence and bloodshed and repression,” says the author.
“The Arab Spring uprising that has been spreading across the Middle East has greatly surprised not only the strong-man rulers but also academics and policymakers who had been caught off guard with the immediate and rapid turn of events. Nobody had foreseen how the self-immolation of an ordinary man from a small town in Tunisia could have started the raging conflagration that has now spread like wildfire in the entire region.
“Although the GCC states have relatively escaped the chaos of the Arab Spring, it has not been left unaffected by the consequences of the protests and political and economic changes that have rocked the Middle East.
“There is a growing body of literature on the revolutions and having an Arab view on events that concerns the Arab people is crucial to the understanding and development of the Middle East.
“Aside from the effects of the Arab Spring on the GCC, this book will also elaborate on the role of the GCC in helping countries affected by Arab Spring through the political, economic and media sectors.
“I hope that readers will be able to get valuable insights from this book in order to give them a fresh outlook on a region that has often been misunderstood.”
The book in 273 pages is divided into two parts, English and Arabic.