Did the Arab 'Spring' Wither Away? - Rabab El Mahdi Tue, 2014-05-20 18:04

Many hopes and expectations of what has been labelled the Arab ‘Spring’ in 2011 has turned into scepticism and uncertainty two years later. From Egypt to Syria the situation does not seem to be as promising for the ‘freedom’, ‘dignity’ and ‘justice’ that millions of Arab protesters have called for. What happened over the two years? And where is it leading to? Are we about to see the fruition of the Arab Uprisings or have they withered away for good?

Rabab El-Mahdi joined and co-founded a number of opposition groups in Egypt and was a political adviser for one of the candidates in the elections of 2012. She is Associate Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. She is also the author of a number of academic publications on labour movements, gender, protests and social mobilization in the Middle East. El-Mahdi is a frequent commentator on AJE, BBC, CNN, ABC and writes op-eds for both Egyptian and international newspapers.