Mondes, les Cahiers du Quai d'Orsay #8: The Arab Revolutions: Hopes and Challenges
In the immediate wake of the Arab revolutions, carriers of so much hope, it is important to look back at the events but also to consider the prospects and challenges awaiting the countries in the region and the international community, as it seeks to accompany the current transitions.
Yannick Prost thus sheds light on the triggers of the Arab Spring and stresses that youth unemployment and the inability of Arab regimes to stem the deterioration of the social state were the economic and social factors that helped to foment the uprisings.
Jimmy Markoum describes the few days which, between 25 January and 11 February 2011, drove Egypt to revolution.
However, revolution is proving to be a mere stage in the long process of regime change, as shown by Yadh Ben Achour with regards Tunisia, and by Dominique Colas, who analyses the post-Soviet experience and draws useful insights for the success of the current transitions.
Lastly, the Arab revolutions call for new forms of cooperation between both shores of the Mediterranean and could, according to Serge Telle, give renewed impetus to the Union for the Mediterranean.
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