The Washington Post
By Sean Yom
Monkey Cage Analysis
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders meet at a summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 16, 2014. (Saudi Press Agency via Reuters)
The term “community” connotes positive outcomes in global affairs. An international community opposes war crimes and supports humanitarian goals; epistemic communities share information and ideas for common causes like climate change; (more…)
Created in August 2011 during the Arab Spring by a group of young apolitical Morrocans, TIZI is a civic initiative aiming at strengthening the political landscape through diversity.TIZI
The TIZI initiative aims to get young people interested in politics and, ultimately, nurture potential leaders.
The nonpartisan, independent initiative TIZI was created in August 2011 by a group of (more…)
World Affairs Journal
Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring in 2011, an Arab Winter of authoritarian backlash has swept across the Middle East. The setbacks in the Middle East have actually been part of a global phenomenon of authoritarian resurgence that has been marked by increased repression in Russia and China, as well as by setbacks to democracy in smaller countries like Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Thailand.
But the authoritarian resurgence has been more pronounced in the Middle East than in other regions. Indeed, according to Freedom House, 12 of 18 countries in the Middle East are more repressive today than they were before the Arab Spring uprisings. (more…)
Wall Street Journal
By Bartle Bull
Of the five countries where citizens rose up in 2011, only Tunisia is relatively stable and free. It also produces the most Islamic State recruits.
In early 2011, two young Syrian women named Aliaa and Noura whiled away spring mornings strolling to university or lying on Aliaa’s bed talking about suitors. Dark-haired Aliaa was the daughter of an Alawite military officer; blond Noura was the daughter of a well-known Sunni doctor.
They lived in Jableh, an ancient Phoenician port where the Sunni center of town, with its cafes and Mediterranean promenade, is surrounded by green hills of Alawite and Christian villages. Aliaa and Noura were the best of friends. (more…)
The North Africa Post
King Mohammed VI pointed out Wednesday that the so-called Arab Spring which caused destruction, chaos and human tragedies turned out to be a calamitous autumn and that the Arab world is going through a difficult period.
He also warned against the conspiracies which seek to destabilize the few countries that have managed to safeguard their security, stability and political systems. (more…)
The Conversation US
Regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya saw the departure of long-established – seemingly untouchable – political leaders and inspired ripples of protest and disquiet in many neighboring Arab nations. The tumultuous ramifications are still playing out in many countries across the region.
During the the immediate aftermath of these events the role played by social media in facilitating change was hotly debated. Perspectives ranged from (more…)
By Noah Feldman
Five years ago today, the self-immolation of Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi sparked the Arab Spring.
At this distance, it’s possible to ask a difficult question: Has the Arab Spring been good for the Arabic-speaking world? Are most people better off than they were five years ago? (more…)
Dubai: A hard-talk type forum opened in Dubai on Tuesday to shed light on the burning issues arising from the post-Arab Spring convulsions as the Western world moves towards right-wing extremism amidst an economic slowdown.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended the forum and was at the forefront of tough discussions on how to confront challenges in the region head-on. (more…)