The End of the Arab Spring

Source: Tagesanzeiger, Switzerland, March 19

The Arab Spring died along with the victims of the terrorist attack in Tunis.

The shootings in front of parliament and the hostage-taking at Bardo National Museum represent a disaster of untold proportions for the country and its people. The government won’t be able to bring terrorism under control overnight – whereas the international tourism industry will react immediately….

Now it is clear to everyone that the so-called Arab Spring has failed, and that the region will remain unstable for years to come. Without a clear assessment of the risks, Tunisia and the surrounding countries have become unsuitable as holiday destinations, political partners and potential locations for investment. The advance of democracy in the Middle East and Northern Africa, which was so hoped for – and seemingly realistic – in 2011 will certainly not take place in the foreseeable future.

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One response to “The End of the Arab Spring

  1. Jan Krouzil

    The excerpt seems to affirm an enduring lesson, traceable to the seminal work of Francis Fukuyama, that can be derived from earlier attempts at bringing about ‘liberal democracy’ to regions that had previously experienced none. The upheavals of so-called ‘Arab Spring’, in contrast to what was ‘so hoped for – and seemingly realistic – in 2011’, triggered the uncoiling of ‘springs’ in utterly unforeseeable, even blow-back directions. What this implies is that any ideologically-driven attempt to internally induce or externally impose the universalizing conditions of ‘liberal democracy’ is bound in due time to clash with the expectations and sensibilities, ‘rational’ or otherwise, of significant sets of affected ‘actors’.