What's Up with Egypt?
What's up with Egypt?
Links to useful web resources for understanding the power of nonviolent action and the Egyptian Revolution
This site offers a free downloadable version of Gene Sharp's classic essay, "From Dictatorship to Democracy," a concise explanation of the dynamics that allow people power movements to overthrow dictators without using weapons.
Learn how to overthrow a dictator without using weapons. This free downloadable guide was written by former members of Otpor, the Serbian youth movement, influenced by Gene Sharp's work, that orchestrated the nonviolent overthrow of Slobodan Milošević.
New York Times reporters David Kirkpatrick and David E. Sanger describe the organizing efforts of young Tunisian and Egyptian leaders, including references to the influence of Gene Sharp and former Otpor leaders on these North African activists.
This International Center for Nonviolent Conflict "webinar," presented by Sherif Mansour, Senior Program Officer of the Middle East and North Africa at Freedom House, explores the recent Egyptian uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, focusing on the major turning points, the organizational tactics that were employed by Egyptian activists, and the early and recent manifestations of these tactics on the ground.
This special episode of Al Jazeera's "People & Power" chronicles the behind-the-scenes organizing efforts of young members of Egypt's April 6th Movement at the start of the Egyptian Revolution.
Mark Engler, senior analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus, synthesizes information from a variety of scholarly and media sources to demonstrate that the Egyptian uprising was not "spontaneous."
Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports on Gene Sharp's influence for The New York Times, offering details about what and how Egyptian activists learned from his scholarship on nonviolent struggle.
Tina Rosenberg, writing for Foreign Policy, offers further details on the links between these two movements and how knowledge of nonviolent struggle is being disseminated around the world.
Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of Engaging the Muslim World, examines the spread of popular uprisings across the Arab world. For frequent updates and cogent analysis of further developments in the region, check out Cole's Informed Comment blog.