|Emad Abdullah Ayasrah|
Emad in 2013
5 November 1980 |
Political Economy, Israeli–Palestinian conflict
|Alma mater||Yarmouk University
University of Jordan
|Known for||Founding strategy of reversed roles.
Writing political analysis.
The Strategy of reversed roles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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