Nonviolent Revolution in the Middle East.

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      The article discusses how the mainly nonviolent pro-democracy uprisings in Arab countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen in 2011 illustrate the power of nonviolent action. A study by Freedom House shows that the majority of transitions from authoritarian governments resulted from democratic civil society organizations' use of nonviolent forms of civil resistance. The impact of the civil resistance's victories against the regimes of Egypt and Tunisia on Islamist extremists and U.S. imperialists is addressed. The tendency of nonviolent movements to lead to an order that is pluralistic and democratic is also discussed.