S2E4: What is the lega­cy of Egypt’s Arab Spring, 10 years on?

10 years ago anti-gov­ern­ment protests in Tunisia sparked a wave of spon­ta­neous upris­ings against author­i­tar­i­an regimes in the Mid­dle East and North Africa. The Arab Spring was met with repres­sion by gov­ern­ments in the region, but ulti­mate­ly led to the oust­ing of rulers such as Ben Ali in Tunisia, Muam­mar Gaddafi in Libya and Hos­ni Mubarak in Egypt. But the hope that these changes would ush­er a new era of democ­ra­cy in the region has been belied. Michael Wahid Han­na (Inter­na­tion­al Cri­sis Group) helps us under­stand the tur­bu­lent events of 2011 in Egypt, what changes they led to and why prospects for democ­ra­cy in the coun­try still appear bleak.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.