What has sparked mass demonstrations in the Middle East? What changed within the authoritarian paradigm? Was it really the Wikileaks, or was there something else? Why did self mutilation and burning pre-empt the demonstrations? Was that behavior necessary to unite the masses irrespective of political, ethnic, religious and economic cleavages? Are the current demonstrations enough to convince the targeted authoritarian regimes to change? If they won’t change, will the people go far enough to dismantle them by force? Will these social changers work together to create stability and security while instituting democratic principles within their pre-existing or new governments?
There is definitely more to come on this... I would love to write a research paper about this topic when I have enough time. If you run across any good references, please let me know!