Arab Uprisings 2.0?

Lectures and Discussion, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg

Speaker: Dr. Maria Josua (GIGA), Prof. Dr. Marc Lynch (George Washington University)
Dr. André Bank (GIGA)

An end to authoritarianism, greater participation, and better economic policies – these were the central demands on the ruling dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) during mass protests in 2010/2011. However, in most countries, the “Arab Uprisings” failed to realise the changes for the better that many observers and participants had hoped for. Today, a decade later, the region finds itself again faced with anti-regime mass protests. In Sudan, a civilian government came to power after the military staged a coup against long-term dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. In Iraq and Lebanon, demonstrators have peacefully protested against corruption, unemployment, and their countries’ overarching sectarianism since October 2019…

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