This month marks five years since the eruption of the Arab uprising. The region’s wars, failed transitions, resurgent authoritarianism, and spiraling sectarianism and Islamist extremism make for a grim anniversary. To take stock of what went wrong and what might still go differently, POMEPS asked more than a dozen scholars to reflect on the experience of the last five years in a single country or a thematic issue. What has changed since the uprisings began half a decade ago? What has remained the same, or returned to pre-uprising forms? What do these developments mean for the political science of the Middle East?
Over the next several weeks we will be publishing the contributions to this virtual symposium on The Monkey Cage. Read:
Steven Brooke, Did the Arab uprising destroy the Muslim Brotherhood?
Ellen Lust, Jakob Mathias Wichmann and Gamal Soltan, Why fear explains the failure of Egypt’s revolution
John P. Entelis, What does an amended constitution really change for Algeria?
Monica Marks, What did Tunisia’s Nobel laureates actually achieve?
Mark Beissinger, Amaney Jamal and Kevin Mazur, What the Arab uprising protestors really wanted
Ellis Goldberg, What was the Egyptian military thinking after the revolution?
Michael Wahid Hanna, Contrary to popular opinion, Egypt’s transition wasn’t always doomed to fail
Nathan J. Brown and Daniel Nerenberg, Are we seeing Palestine’s spring at long last?
Frederic Wehrey, Why Libya’s Transition to Democracy Failed
Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Why the managed transition after Yemen’s uprising led to war
Adria Lawrence, The mixed record of Morocco’s February 20 protest movement.
Steven Heydemann, Why the United States hasn’t intervened in Syria
Jean Lachapelle, Why did Egyptian security see Giulio Regeni as a threat?
Michaelle Browers, Rethinking Moderation, Attending to the Liminal
Ian M. Hartshorn, Tunisia’s labor union won the Nobel Peace Prize. But can it do its job?
Merouan Mekouar, How cronyism and lack of accountability are holding Morocco back
Wendy Pearlman, The surprising ways fear has shaped Syria’s war
Marc Lynch, The Arab uprisings as international relations