Emad Ayasrah

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Emad Abdullah Ayasrah
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Emad in 2013
Born (1980-11-05) 5 November 1980 (age 35)
Amman, Jordan
Nationality Jordanian
Fields Political Theory
International Relations
Political Economy, Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Alma mater Yarmouk University
University of Jordan
Known for Founding strategy of reversed roles.
Writing political analysis.

Emad Abdullah Ayasrah (Arabic عماد عبدالله عياصرة), is a Jordanian political analyst, academic and writer.[1][2] He is a former lecturer at universities.[citation needed]

Emad identified a new political strategy called "The Strategy of Reversed Roles",[3][4][5] considering it as a complementary Strategy of group decision making[6][7][8]

The Strategy of reversed roles[edit]

The strategy shows its effectiveness and use in the face of a new situations or decisive decisions like war and hard economic choices, and particularly in circumstances where the government expects great opposition.[4]

It is used to absorb the momentum of opposition. If a government or a political group in power takes a position that goes against its point of view or ideology in a matter, that leaves political opponents with only two options: to support the decision, as might be expected, or to go against it, preserving their role as opposition. In this case both parties have reversed their role and each one of them stood on the other’s side ideology.[9]

Later, if the government intended to change its position again either directly or through collateral pathways to make it more coherent with ideology, the classical political opponents in this case would be less enthusiastic in opposing that position as it would be otherwise expected. This will give the decision more power and influences the consensus positively - the government usually can benefit from both the initial and the final position.[4][6]

Emad mentioned an example about Turkish attitude towards the 2003 Iraq war, when the AKP - which had just been elected to power - supported Washington in the Iraq war, while the Turkish military and secularists opposed the conflict.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Middle east news", ©Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel, 28 September 2012. Retrieved on 20 October 2012.
  2. ^ [1], © Watn News, Jordan, 3 October 2012. Retrieved on 20 October 2012.
  3. ^ Strategy of reversed roles in Political sciences, ©Al Quds Al Arabi, London, Volume 24, Issue 7286, Monday 19 Nov. 2012
  4. ^ a b c A Jordanian searcher founds a new Strategy in Political Sciences."Strategy of reversed roles", ©Anfa press Agency, Moroco, 12 November 2012. Retrieved on 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Strategy of reversed roles", Jordan 12 November 2012. Retrieved on 14 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b Mohammed, Ghada. "Strategy of reversed roles", ©Middle east panorama, 29 October 2012. Retrieved on 30 October 2012.
  7. ^ "A new strategy in Political sciences", ©Jordan Zad Press, Amman, 29 October 2012. Retrieved on 30 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Reversed roles in Turkey", ©Annahar Newspaper, Lebanon, 7 October 2012. Retrieved on 30 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Turkey's Syria policy fits a classic role",ASIA TIMES, 19 December 2012. Retrieved on 22 December 2012.
  10. ^ "successful application of the strategy of reversed roles", open Democracy, 21 January 2013. Retrieved on 25 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Reversed Roles Will Make Turkey Avoid the War Again", ©Middle east online, 12 December 2012. Retrieved on 22 December 2012.

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