Ten years since Sidi Bouzid: The legacy of the Arab Spring

Panellists examine the causes and aftermath of the Arab Spring, with a particular focus on Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

Research event
21 January 2021 — 3:00PM TO 4:15PM

The event will commence with a video message from Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi, Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament and winner of the Chatham House Prize in 2012.

A decade ago, the death of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi sparked anti-government protests in the nation with young people rising up against authoritarianism, high unemployment and lack of freedom of speech.

The movement quickly spread to other Arab countries and soon enveloped the Middle East and North Africa region in what was to become known as the Arab Spring. Protestors across the Arab world demanded an end to oppression and police brutality, respect for human rights, and improved socio-economic circumstances.

In this webinar, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the uprisings, speakers discuss the grievances that triggered the mass protests and what has changed since 2011 with a particular focus on Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

Panellists examine the causes and aftermath of the Arab Spring in these three countries where the movements led to three distinctive outcomes – democratic transition, preservation of the status quo, and a continuing civil conflict – and where they should go from here.

The webinar will be livestreamed on the MENA Programme Facebook page


Nesrine JelaliaExecutive Director, Al Bawsala

Nancy Okail, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University; Executive Director, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Farea Al Muslimi, Associate Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham House; Chairman and Co-founder, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies

Moderator: Mohamed El Dahshan, MENA Programme, Chatham House; Managing Director, OXCON

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