Arab Spring

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Don’t turn Yemen into a new Cambodia

One of the debates rekindled by the Arab Spring and its wave of unrest is the solidity and even the concept of the Arab State. In an article for Foreign Policy, Aaron David Miller argues that the Arab Spring essentially exposed the limits of state building in the Arab world, that the societies in these … Continue reading

The coming Venture Capital Revolution in the MENA region: How the Arab Spring might be a good thing for SMEs and entrepreneurs

Virtualy every observer agrees on the fact that it may be too soon to assess the political and social impacts of the “Arab Spring”. On the economic level, the downturn affecting the “revolutionary” states if not the whole region sounds like a bad omen. Two years after its revolution, Tunisia is still struggling with an … Continue reading

Debunking the mainstream narratives on Syria’s uprising

This past month, Syrians marked the two-year anniversary of the start of their uprising. What started as peaceful demonstrations quickly turned into a messy and bloody civil war. Syria gradually descended into chaos and self destruction and there is a growing sense of despair and wariness regarding the future. Daily footage of entire neighbourhoods destroyed, … Continue reading

On the need for an Economic Spring in the Arab world

Virtually every specialist agrees on the fact that it may be too soon to assess the political impact of the so called “Arab Spring”. But for the economy, the current downturn affecting the “revolutionary” states sounds like a bad omen. Very few seem to believe that the political upheavals are a good thing for the … Continue reading

Tunisia and the Revolution as a process

The week ended with the news of the assassination of a prominent member of the opposition in Tunisia, Chokri Belaid. Born in 1964, Mr. Belaid studied law in Iraq and France before returning to Tunisia and opposing the former regime. In the aftermath of Ben Ali’s fall, he founded the Democratic Patriots’ Movement, a pan-Arab, … Continue reading