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The New Arab Spring? Arab Populations Between Hope

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Date(s) - 11/14/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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In the past year, there have been mass protests in several Arab countries. Is this signalling a new Arab Spring?

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In the past year, there have been mass protests in several Arab countries, including Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, many of which are still ongoing – which has raised questions about a new or persisting Arab Spring. There are many reasons for which Arabs are protesting, including lack of employment opportunities, low incomes and high inequalities, high taxes and fees, deteriorating public services (such as provision of water, transport, education and healthcare), and rampant public sector corruption. For years, these challenges have led many Arabs to emigrate, while millions of others still express a desire to leave their countries. But can these recent movements allow Arabs to have more control over their political, economic, and social future? Join us as we discuss the ongoing mass protests across the region: their causes, challenges, and future.

Some interesting links to be considered for background on the discussion:

https://www.albawaba.com/opinion/arab-world-having-new-arab-spring-1313467

https://www.thenation.com/article/protests-iraq-syria-egypt/

https://www.arabbarometer.org/wp-content/uploads/ABV_Migration_Report_Public-Opinion_Arab-Barometer_2019.pdf

Photo Credit: Shakeeb Al-Jabri https://www.flickr.com/people/59667344@N06

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