Blogs & Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring

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January 03, 2012

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Summary: In this report from USIP's Centers of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding, and Media, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, a team of scholars from GW and American University analyze the role of social media in the Arab Spring protests of 2011-12. It builds on the previous Blogs & Bullets report, "New Media in Contentious Politics", and applies its five-level framework for studying and understanding the role of new media in political movements.


  • Sean Aday, director of IPDGC, associate professor of media and public affairs, GW
  • Henry Farrell, associate professor of political science, GW
  • Marc Lynch, associate professor of political science and international affairs, GW
  • John Sides, associate professor of political science, GW
  • Deen Freelon, assistant professor of communication, American University

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