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The 2011 Arab uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa and reshaped the region in a number of ways. While protestors in several countries demanded more freedoms, hopes for a more democratic region were dashed as the fall of long standing dictatorships led to civil war, unrest, and further repression in most cases. This series examines the changes and challenges countries in the Middle East and North Africa are experiencing, one decade after the Arab Spring.
Arab Spring Jan 27, 2021
The unlikely success of Egypt’s 2011 revolution: A revived women’s movement
By Sara Khorshid
What distinguishes the past decade from other parts of contemporary Egyptian history is the growing interest in women’s rights among broader segments of Egyptian society, including non-ideological women with little to no experience in political or social activism. This has occurred despite the general oppressive atmosphere that has cast a dark shadow over the January 25th revolution and its memory.
Arab Spring Dec 17, 2020
Tunisia’s political landscape a decade after the Jasmine revolution
By Dario Cristiani
As Tunisia approaches the tenth anniversary of its revolution, it faces a pandemic that has induced a historical economic crisis with significant social and political ramifications in the years to come.
MENASource Feb 16, 2021
Two years on, Algeria’s Hirak is poised for a rebirth
By Andrew G. Farrand
Partisans of the Hirak are quick to point out that they voluntarily paused the movement and can restart it at any time. Two years after the Hirak’s eruption, that possibility appears likely.
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