Reflections on the Arab Uprisings: Five years on

Flag of Egypt all over Tahrir Square

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

Laryssa Chomiak, Five years after the Tunisian revolution, political frustration doesn’t diminish progress

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

Michael Robbins, When it comes to democracy, Egyptians hate the player but Tunisians hate the game

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

Dina Rashed, What has changed in the five years since Egypt’s police sparked a revolution — and what hasn’t

Nathan J. Brown and Daniel Nerenberg, Are we seeing Palestine’s spring at long last?

Justin Gengler, How Bahrain’s crushed uprising spawned the Middle East’s sectarianism

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