Arab Awakening

The series of protests and demonstrations across the Gulf and North Africa known as the "Arab Spring" touch upon many of the issues that CIC's work and research address. CIC convened a conference with the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute and the Brookings Institution to address how the U.S., its allies and emerging powers can rebuild trust around crisis diplomacy. CIC also held a discussion that explored the question of what outside actors—established and emerging powers, NGOs, the UN, investors—can do to promote democratic institution-building and rule of law in the Arab World. CIC staff has written extensively on the multilateral dimensions of the Arab Spring and been cited by many international periodicals and broadcasting networks.  Furthermore, our Crisis in Syria project is an ongoing collection of exclusive commentary written by CIC scholars as well as commentary that has been cited in news sources around the globe.

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  • Even the most seasoned Middle East observers were taken aback by the events of early 2011. Protests born of oppression and socioeconomic frustration erupted throughout the streets; public unrest provoked violent police backlash; long-established dictatorships fell. How did this all happen? What might the future look like, and what are the likely ramifications for the United States and the rest of the world? In The Arab Awakening, experts from the Brookings Institution tackle such questions to make sense of this tumultuous region that remains at the heart of U.S.

    Nov 10, 2011
    Bruce Jones
    Middle East