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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

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.

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

April 23, 2014

Egypt
Arab Spring Reality Check

This article was originally published here on Muftah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  It has been more than three years since the uprisings in the Arab world began.  The civil war in Syria, the persiste…

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June 18, 2021

Defense and Security
Anticipating Instability: The Untapped Potential of Women, Peace, and Security

This post was authored by Valerie M. Hudson, a University Distinguished Professor in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and Brenda Oppermann, an associate profe…

A soldier walks toward several Afghan women and children

February 22, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Tunisia: The Last Hope of the Arab Spring

The "Arab Spring" has not brought the spread of peace, democracy, and human rights in the Arab world, which was the original hope. Neither Egypt, nor Syria, nor Libya have attained the conditions for…

February 22, 2017

Hamas and the Arab Spring

It would be logical to assess that Hamas (a part of the Muslim Brotherhood) must be a winner from the "Arab Spring." The various revolts have brought Islamists into power in several Arab countries, a…