In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, many people hoped that the Arab world had entered an era of democratic transition. Fast forward to 2018, and newspapers report widespread political repression in Egypt, discontented youth and economic woes in states such as Jordan and Morocco, widespread starvation in civil war-torn Yemen, state collapse in Libya, and steadily drip horrifying news reports out of Syria. According to political scientist Marc Lynch, the regional instability in which the Arab world finds itself today is an indirect consequence of the domestic upheavals of 2011. His essay in Foreign Affairs, getAbstract believes, will help you connect the dots.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the Arab Spring weakened some states and strengthened others, and
- Why the Gulf states’ increased power projection ultimately leads to less security in those states.
About the Author
Marc Lynch is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and the author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East.