The success of the political uprising in Tunisia give rise to similar unrest throughout much of the Arab World and Middle East, remarkably within Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen. To date, the leaders of Egypt, Libya, and Yemen have also been deposed.
In those countries that have not experienced massive protests like the Gulf states, a common result of the Arab Spring has been sustained civil unrest, political instability, and the extension of political and economic concessions by leaders seeking to placate protesters.
Many questions could arise as one contemplated those events. One of these questions would be: Why has the Arab Spring produced different results across the Arab World? This paper is a humble attempt to suggest some answers by analyzing the events of the Arab Spring within these countries: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
What is the Arab World?
The Arab world consists of twenty-two countries encompassing all of North Africa and much of the Middle East. The Arab people number over 360 million and while they share a common language, there is an astonishing degree of diversity among them, whether in terms of nationality, culture, religion, economics, or politics. (McCaffrey, 3) Most inh...
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