The Arab Spring movements have fundamentally altered the political landscape of the Middle East and North Africa. What started with the protest of cart owner Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, coalesced into sweeping popular movements lead by the people or al-sha’ab that have since culminated in the toppling of regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and given rise to many nascent opposition groups within other Middle Eastern countries. Since the birth of these revolutionary movements, now almost two years ago, many countries remain in a critical period of transition. Yet, many countries have emerged from this process in different periods of transition.
As Spencer Parsons (’13) writes, the road ahead for these countries remains perilous and their future uncertain. However, this period of turbulence and greater political change could be exactly what these countries need to emerge stronger and more stable.Read More