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February 22, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Spring

In National Review magazine, I write about which Arab regimes will reform and survive--and which will not. On balance, I argue that the Arab monarchies have a better chance than the fake "republics"…

March 20, 2019

Algeria
An Algerian Arab Spring?

Is the Arab Spring back, as some protesters, activists, and analysts have declared? The uninspiring answer is a qualified maybe.

People carry their national flags as they gather during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, Algeria March 15, 2019

December 3, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Spring at Ten Years: What’s the Legacy of the Uprisings?

Ten years on, the lives of people in Arab Spring countries have improved in certain aspects but worsened in others. CFR.org visualizes the changes in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen…

A young man holding the Egyptian flag sits on someone's shoulders and shouts during a protest at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

September 19, 2011

France
The Arab Springs

Related Reading:The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next, CFR ebook

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October 25, 2017

Arab Spring
Dashed Hopes of the Arab Spring

Council on Foreign Relations 10/25 Academic Conference Call on Dashed Hopes of the Arab Spring with Steven Cook

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January 11, 2021

Cybersecurity
From the Arab Spring to the American Winter: Cyberspace and Democracy After the Insurrection

January 6, 2021 serves as the darkest moment of the democratic experience with the internet and digital technologies.

Members of the National Guard arrive to the U.S. Capitol.

January 28, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Arab Dignity Is Real. So Is Arab Failure.

Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return.

February 22, 2017

Israel
The Arab Spring and the Palestinians

With the outbreak of political activity and elections in Egypt and Tunisia, and the recent dismissal of the prime minister in Jordan, what do Palestinians think about their frozen political situation…

February 22, 2017

United States
Souring on the Arab Spring?

Is the "Arab Spring" turning away from democracy, and leading instead to religious extremism? Was the enthusiasm for the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere shown by many cheerleaders for democr…

July 13, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Zimbabwe and an “Arab Spring

Zimbabwe is rapidly deteriorating, if not imploding. In the midst of a drought, estimates are that up to half of the rural population will face hunger or famine in the coming year. The economy is con…

Zimbabwe and an Arab Spring