Winners and Losers After Arab Spring

Winners and Losers After Arab Spring. YaleGlobal. Lindsay J. Benstead et al. August 27, 2013.

Each political transition underway since the Arab Spring has its own characteristics, reports a group of researchers who conducted post-election surveys in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The international community should resist applying stereotypical responses. “A one-size-fits-all approach to the transition processes – and particularly to development assistance aimed at fostering democratization – is unlikely to be effective,” explain the authors. Instead, government assistance should be applied on a case-by-case basis, including expanded focus on the less educated and rural classes and ensuring that increased participation in elections contributes to new voices on policies. Greater understanding of needs for many specific interests, both the sidelined and enfranchised, inside each country and beyond could help build compromise required for democratic process and prevent violent response. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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