It is clear that while the momentum of the Arab Uprisings of 2011 had been arrested – and, in Egypt, Syria, and Bahrain, reversed or crushed – the root causes that brought them about still exist and have, in most states, not been addressed and are “burning embers under the ashes.”
SAIS graduate Jennifer Fishkin contradicts several assumptions about the Egyptian uprising, evaluates the prospects for change, and discusses the consequences for today’s regime in Egypt in this provocative paper.
The SAIS Review of International Affairs has published its newest issue, Hidden Risks: Challenges for the International System. Risk—or the calculated probability that some undesirable outcome will occur—impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. In Hidden Risks, the SAIS Review seeks to foster a discussion on some of the risks that may be hidden, misunderstood, or woefully unaddressed by those who might be most affected by their realization.
In the Spring of 2011, the world watched as a generation of Tunisians and Egyptians took to the streets in revolutions that eventually toppled the regimes against which they were protesting. The Arab Spring uprisings spread across the Middle East and eventually into Syria where protestors have been met by the resolute and armed conviction of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad that he will not be removed from power. Over 7,000 people have so far died in the Syrian uprising; in the city of Homs the sidewalks run red with blood.