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March 25, 2019

Sustaining Democracy in the Middle East

It was in Tunisia that the Arab Spring was born, leading to the ouster of its long reigning authoritarian ruler in 2010 and the adoption of the region’s first democratic and secular constitution.  The revolution triggered similar uprisings in the Middle East but the promise of democratization did not sustain in these other countries.  What then are the factors that contributed to the success or failure of post-revolution democratic transitions in the Arab world?  Drawing from his extensive scholarship on geopolitics and social reform in the region, Safwan M.

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