Four Years After, Tunisia Remains the Arab Spring’s Lone Success Story. YaleGlobal. Chris Miller. February 5, 2015.
The wave of protests that swept through the Middle East in 2011, known as the Arab Spring, rocked governments and ended a handful of dictatorships. “All of the revolts of 2011, except for Tunisia’s, have ended in tragedy,” notes Chris Miller. “The uprisings were quickly sullied by a region-wide clash between the Muslim Brotherhood and autocratic governments.” Domestic elites and alarmed leaders in neighboring states like Saudi Arabia and the UAE targeted the Brotherhood, a locus for opposition politics, while Qatar supported the group. A military coup overturned the democratic choice in Egypt; civil war rages in Libya and Syria. Miller concludes: “The recipes of Tunisia’s relative success seem straightforward: limit outsiders’ meddling, avoid sectarian politics and encourage all sides to compromise.” [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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