Since Mohammad Bouazizi’s act of self-immolation in December 2010, a wave of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have charted a course for political and social change in the region that has brought previously untouchable governments and leaders to their knees. However, since the start of this Arab Spring, the stark realities of political transition have been clear. Some regimes, such as in Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, used force to try and crush nascent uprisings, while in Egypt and Tunisia securing popular political leadership remains a challenge. We are witnessing revolutions still in progress, in which the prospect for successful democratic transition remains uncertain. In this special feature issue, co-produced by and Georgetown University’s Democracy and Society journal, we explore the challenges facing these nascent democratic movements.


The Arab Spring: Looking Forward

Dreams Deferred; Co-opting the Mideast Revolts

by Yousef Baker

A Turkish Model for the Arab Spring?

by Aslı Ü. Bâli

State-Society Relations after the Arab Spring: New Rulers, Same Rules

by Sarah Yerkes

Stagnated Competition in Egypt’s People’s Assembly

by David Jandura

Civil Society and Democratization in Egypt: The Road Not Yet Traveled

by Nadine Sika

Military Decision-Making During the Arab Spring

by Daniel Steiman

Fuel Subsidy Reform in Post-Revolutionary Yemen: A Participatory Approach

by Rafat Al-Akhali

Trojan Horse at the Gate?: Political Islamists & Democratization in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

by Luciana Storelli – Castro


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