Arab Spring

  • IASbaba
  • January 10, 2023
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Context: K.P. Fabian’s newly launched book, ‘The Arab Spring That Was and Wasn’t’ was seen in the news recently.

About Arab Spring:

  • The Arab Spring was a series of pro-democracy uprisings that enveloped several largely Muslim countries, including Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Bahrain.
  • The events in these nations generally began in the spring of 2011, which led to the name.
    • However, the political and social impact of these popular uprisings remains significant today, years after many of them ended.
  • When protests broke out in Tunisia in late 2010 and spread to other countries, there were hopes that the Arab world was in for massive changes.
  • The expectation was that in countries where people rose, such as Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain and Syria, the old autocracies would be replaced with new democracies.
  • But Tunisia is the only country where the revolutionaries outwitted the counter-revolutionaries.
    • They overthrew Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s dictatorship, and the country transitioned to a multi-party democracy.
  • But except Tunisia, the country-specific stories of the Arab uprising were tragic.

Source: Indian Express


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