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What Egyptian Youth Can Learn From Otpor When Its Activists Leave Tahrir Square
Abstract: The uprisings witnessed throughout the Middle East have lent new credence to the power of youth movements and nonviolent resistance in authoritarian settings. Mounting evidence indicates that youth activities from Egypt to Algeria have benefited from the lessons of their contemporaries in post-Communist Europe. Yet the lessons of Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine and elsewhere have bearing beyond the immediate revolution. This article examines the untold story of Otpor, the Serbian youth movement now heralded for having influenced Egypt's youths. It looks beyond the parallels of revolutionary methods, to the sources of Otpor's ultimate collapse in Milosevic's absence. In doing so, it draws out lessons that may be applied to current and future youth movements
throughout the Middle East as they lay the groundwork for post-revolutionary democracy.