To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
The study shows the roots of elite cooperation and the impact on transition outcomes during the transition attempts in the MENA. It argues that past coalition building experience among opposition actors produce an organizational capital, trust and a shared vision that help elites to credibly signal each other to commit to cooperation in times of transitions. The study provides evidence for the arguments from fieldwork on the cases of Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia and experiments from two original surveys in Tunisia and Algeria.