THE ARAB ROAD TO UNCERTAIN DEMOCRACY

Mounir Sanhaji, E Houcine, Ouazzani Ibrahimi
unpublished
The "Arab spring" recent uprisings have brought to the fore the possibility of implementing democratic reforms in the Arab world. However, this chance for change has started to fade after a few years, due to chronic complications of the ineradicable and never-ending cycle of political authoritarianism. Skimming over the experiences of some Arab revolutions proves that they have usually culminated with people going round in circles, and are mostly marked by quasi-endless violent confrontations
more » ... nt confrontations due to their instantaneously eruption, without any plan and without clear-cut objectives. However, the Arab experience proves that short-term revolutions have functioned as a wake-up call for more than one nation, where people found themselves empowered to threaten the extension of ascendancy of any sublime authority. This wake-up call is in fact a call towards promoting intellectuality, and proves to be the starting point of a peaceful revolution that might overcome the authoritarianism of certain regimes and help the people of concerned countries in their strive towards real democracy. Knowledge is the key to power and power is the key to real change.
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