Contentious politics: Legacies of the Arab Spring

A new podcast series explores the shifting political dynamics of the Arab world.

Published 9 May 2022 Updated 10 May 2022 40 minute listen

Dr James Zogby

Founder and President, Arab American Institute

The Contentious politics since the ‘Arab Spring’ project seeks to challenge the current prevalent narrative of a failed 2010/2011 series of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. The project does this by interrogating the events in the Arab region since 2010 in a critical light, and by introducing a more nuanced analytical lens to understanding the evolution of change in the region and its contentious politics. The project is supported by the Carnegie Corporation New York.

In this four-part mini-series from the Undercurrents podcast, Lina Khatib speaks to leading experts about the great upheaval which occurred in the Arab region during the ‘Arab Spring’, the changes across Arab countries that have happened since and the outlook for the future.

In the first episode, Lina and James Zogby examine the political dynamics across the Arab world in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’ and the impact of US foreign policy on the transformations which happened in the region over the last decade.