Middle East

Aug 17, 2012

Taking stock of the Arab Spring: the ‘light on the hill’ is fading

Rodger Shanahan, a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, steps back from the daily news cycle and takes stock of the Arab Spring, 18 months in. He finds the movement has become more confused and less about democracy.

The Arab Spring continues to roll out half a world away via our TV screens each night. Rodger Shanahan steps back from the daily coverage and takes stock of the historic movement, 18 months to the day after it began when Tunisian protester Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. Shanahan assesses what the democratic harvest has been, compares eight key countries, and looks at how the movement has morphed over time … 

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