Summary: Social Networks Matter. But how? – Florence Passy

This chapter, number two in Social Movements and Networks – Relational Approaches to Collective Action, focuses on the role of networks on individuals’ participation in social movements/collective action. Reaons for analysing the role of (social) networks in social movements allows for a better understanding of the whole process of individual participation in social movements helps…

Grand Strategy for Syria. But where is the EU?

Foreign Affairs wrote an interesting article on a strategy for dealing with the seemingly hopeless Syria, entitled Syria’s Collapse, authored by Andrew J. Tabler. He sees a three-tier solution to the crisis — to be solved primarily/solely by the United States of America. Firstly, he proposes the US to deter the use of chemical weapons…

Egypt in its next phase of a revolutionary episode

Earlier this year I’d written both about Egypt’s revolutionary episode and on Jack Goldstone’s theory of revolutions, as well as a post combining the theory to Egypt’s developments. In the third of these posts, I argued that Egypt’s revolutionary episode is in the phase of ‘further polarisation’ and ‘counter-revolution’, Whether there have been some signs…