The Arab spring has unleashed a rich, healthy and long-time needed process of rethinking the very nature of politics in the Middle East. The same is not true for the socio-economic aspects of these uprisings.
Widespread economic hardship, pervasive corruption and the lack of opportunities played a decisive role in the outbreak of the Arab uprisings. These same factors could very well disrupt the democratic transition processes if not properly addressed from the onset. Continue reading