n Conflict Trends - From uprising to revolutionary change - : editorial

Volume 2011, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Vladimir Lenin said: "It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws." There is no doubt that this statement rings true today in no less a place than the African Maghreb and, more particularly, Tunisia and Egypt - where, barely three months ago, it was unthinkable that their leaders would be deposed. It is not just the history of these countries that made the idea of changed leadership unthinkable, but also the speed and intensity with which mass protests occurred and these governments collapsed. No-one imagined that these regimes would collapse - and collapse in such a short space of time, no less!

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