The New Arab Uprisings: How the 2019 trajectory differs from the 2011 legacy? (Part 2)

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 12:13

In 2019, the Middle East seems beset by conflict, chaotic politics and dysfunctional economies. However, the mood of the people in Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq is more defiant. Not since 2011 have we seen such public demonstrations for accountability and an end to corruption, war and foreign meddling. This time, they might just get it.

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Nael M. Shama

Is An Independent Scholar And The Author Of Numerous Books, Book Chapters And Essays On The International Relations And Comparative Politics Of The Middle East.

Peter Bartu

Teaches Courses On Political Transitions The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict And The Gulf States In The Middle East At The University Of California, Berkeley. He Was A Member Of The UN’s Stand-By Mediation Team And Worked In Benghazi And Tripoli During The Libyan Revolution In 2011.

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies

Established in 2006, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies conducts in-depth analysis of current affairs at both regional and global levels. Its research agenda focuses primarily on geo-politics and strategic developments in the Arab world and surrounding regions.

Abdennour Benantar

is a is an Algerian academic and researcher based in France.