Professor Gilbert Achcar

From One Arab Spring to Another: A Regional Revolutionary Process

Starting from Tunisia in December 2010, a revolutionary shockwave engulfed the Arabic-speaking countries of Africa and the Middle East. The label Arab Spring initially reflected the belief that this was going to be a relatively smooth democratic transition. However, the upsurge eventually gave way to a counter-revolutionary backlash, and the euphoria turned into gloom. Beyond such impressionistic reactions, the 2011 regional upheaval stemmed in fact from a deep structural crisis and was therefore but the initial phase of a long-term revolutionary process with many other phases to follow. The new regional upsurge that started in Sudan in December 2018 and spread to Algeria, Iraq and Lebanon was indeed promptly called Second Arab Spring by the global media. This lecture will assess the roots and dynamics of this regional process, the differences between its initial upsurge and the ongoing one, and the main impediments that it faces

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and IR at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His most recent book is Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising. His previous books have been translated into more than fifteen languages.


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