Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis shed a new light on the root causes of popular protests in the Middle East that swept the region in 2011 and have since continuously erupted at local levels in a swath of land stretching from Morocco to Egypt.
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The Arab majority world in contemporary times is being pugnacious to delineate the linkages between the state, creed and the civil society. From the time when the so-called Arab Spring broke out in the Middle East in 2011, this has turned out to be the prevalent concern for monarchs in the region. The agitations have altered the political scenarios of the Arab majority world and have sent a caveat to dictatorial regimes that they need to discover a middle ground and reach a decision to incorporate egalitarian practices if they desire to remain in power.
It is almost unbelievable, given the roller-coaster ride of Bashar Al-Assad’s fortunes these past five years, that he remains President of Syria (albeit a much reduced dominion), and stands a fair chance of remaining so. At the start of 2011 Assad was the absolute ruler of a brutal and repressive regime, and as firmly entrenched in power as his father, Hafez, had been throughout the thirty years of his presidency. For at that time the so-called “Arab Spring” – popular uprisings against repressive regimes which began in Tunisia in December 2010 – had as yet claimed no victims among the…
Peaceful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have sparked what is believed to be a beginning of a democratic tide sweeping the Arab region. Uprisings spread to Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain, countries in which people suffered from major oppression. Far from romanticism, young Arabs have taken to streets in vast numbers to demonstrate against unbearable injustice and repression. A revolutionary movement in the Middle East was a synonym to impossible. Therefore, recent events have taken everyone by surprise. These uprisings have a great importance in the regional and cross-regional politics because they might change the power balance in the region.