Author: Daniel Brooks

Daniel Brooks — Where do we go from here?

  Earlier this week, Rami Aman, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip, was arrested for attempting to normalize relations between Palestinians and Israelis online. The news was broken by Iyad Al-Bazm, who is affiliated with the Ministry of the Interior of the Gaza Strip. Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been governed by Hamas, a Palestinian, fundamentalist authority (Black… Read more →

Daniel Brooks — The Legacy of Mubarak

On Tuesday, February 25th, the long-time former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, passed away. He was 91 years old and had ruled Egypt for three decades. Mubarak’s reign is often described by its authoritarian nature. For thirty years the Egyptian people were subject to the anger and greed of a man who would put his grasp on power before any… Read more →

Daniel Brooks — The Arab Winter

  The Arab Spring was a multi-nation response to oppressive regimes across the middle east. The very name carries a great sense of hope. Unfortunately, that hope has been dashed for the majority of participating countries. In this short blog, I will explore the “Arab Winter,” or, the authoritarian response to the Arab Spring. Only four countries saw a change… Read more →

Daniel Brooks — The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring

No one can deny the importance of social media in planning and mobilizing protests motivated by social unrest across a number of Arab countries in North Africa and the Middle East. Social media was pervasive in each and every stage of unrest across the region. For example, after the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Sidi Bouzid, the tragic event that… Read more →