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January 25, 2019

Middle East Policy After the "Arab Spring"

When protests swept the Arab world in 2011, the United States hoped that the so-called Arab Spring would bring a wave of liberalization and democratization to the Middle East. Today, with much of the…

March 8, 2012

Gender
Arab Spring and Women’s Rights

On International Women’s Day, Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch discusses why women are losing in the movement for change in the Arab uprisings and how the international community can help.

September 25, 2013

Tunisia
The Arab Spring and International Constitutionalism

Mohamed Moncef Marzouki discusses the Arab Spring and the Tunisian initiative on creating an International Constitutional Court.

September 14, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Islamist Extremism After the Arab Spring

The Arab Spring severely weakened the narrative of Islamist extremists but they are now stirring anti-U.S. sentiments in fragile new democracies, says Mideast expert Ali Soufan.

April 7, 2011

Iran
Managing Arab Spring’s Fallout in Iran

Concern about Arab world pro-democracy movements has caused Iran’s government to get tougher with opponents and is affecting political jockeying for parliamentary elections in 2012 and the presidenti…

March 28, 2011

Egypt
After the Arab Spring on TheAtlantic.com

A Kingdom of Libya flag is seen during a demonstration in support of the Bahraini people in Baghdad's Sadr city (Stringer Iraq/Courtesy Reuters) Hi folks, Below is an excerpt from my piece on T…

After the Arab Spring on TheAtlantic.com

December 17, 2013

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…

April 19, 2012

Human Rights
Life, Art, and the Arab Spring

In the 1930s Benito Mussolini was sufficiently offended by the Marx Brothers’ film Duck Soup to ban it in Italy.  The film, sometimes viewed as a paean to anarchy, was--given the world scene when it …

April 23, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
The Economic Roots of the Arab Spring

Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, discusses how economic factors, including formal and informal markets, property rights, entrepreneurship, and access to credit,…

April 23, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
The Economic Roots of the Arab Spring

ISOBEL COLEMAN: Good afternoon. Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us here this afternoon. I'm Isobel Coleman. I'm a senior fellow here at the Council on Foreign Relations and director …