The uprisings that started in the Arab world in 2011 are a welcome event. Nevertheless their evolution and consequences will require serious analysis. While it is legitimate to show satisfaction at the removal of authoritarian leaders and dictators and their replacement with more open political systems, this does not mean that the sudden shift that has occurred at the national and regional political level should be supported without nuance.
In the Arab world, the continued fragility of the political situation limits analysts’ ability to fully grasp the meaning of events. This book aims to highlight the fact that, however welcome, the Arab uprisings have also enabled the emergence of actors and spoilers, whose motivations lie in a self-interested quest for influence.
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