June 25, 2017
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Continued unrest
The new phase of the Arab Spring What began as a movement devoid of any structure and fueled mainly by long standing anger and frustration of the people has transformed itself into a larger question of society-state relations in the Arab World. The Arab Spring, which started as a revolt against the decades’ long tyranny of autocratic rulers and their inefficient social, political and economic practices, has matured into a larger ideological debate of the ideal way forward for the Arab world. The flow of the Arab Spring movement has been unpredictable. Like any other movement, the Arab Spring too has experienced several phases as different country-specific consequences tend to influence the larger narrative of the struggle. If the initial ambiguity of the demands was not enough to cause confusion, several other issues are causing their share of havoc in the region. No doubt, the fall of the rulers has created a leadership and security deficit; it has also raised issues like rise of Islamism and sectarian violence. Countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen are facing problems in their post-revolutionary transition; Syria has been engulfed in an ongoing bloody civil war and the fate of GCC countries remains uncertain. Although it is difficult to perceive the final outcome of the movement, an assessment of the situation in the countries that have already experienced the Arab Spring, the countries that are currently engulfed in it and those countries
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