MBA 7592 Current Event Paper: Arab Spring
07 December 2014
What is most interesting about what began in the smallest country in Northern Africa is that it had escalated to the most sweeping movement that changed the face of the Middle East for years to come. The Arab spring began to wield its head around December of 2010 in Tunisia but was truly set off once Mohamed Bouazizi a local vendor was humiliated in public by a police officer and was not permitted to sell his fruits (Staff, 2011). This has proven to be a normal practice in Tunisia, in a country where most of its population is college educated. They are unlike other Arab nations in neighboring ...view middle of the document...
The same daunting reasons that they had entered into this revolution across the Middle East are still present and continue to engulf this region of the world. While war and unrest have hindered any possibility of peaceful resolution, inflation still dominates the economies of the Middle East, which can be defined as Stagflation because of their high rate of unemployment and economy stagnation. As we look in the trading economics over the past 12 months in Tunisia where the Arab spring started, inflation rate is at 5.4 and jobless rate 15.20% (Trading Economics, 2014) and it’s a common sight throughout the region. The most common cause of their inability to overcome and advance is the political and religious oppression of the masses within these countries. While we watch Isis march across Iraq and out of Syria, as other terrorist groups prevent the possibility to come to a peaceful solution amongst them. There is Egypt, a prime example of these changes taking some time for peace to be established, as open elections took place, the people rose up in order to remove the extremist group they had placed in power. Condoleezza Rice stated correctly in her interview with the Daily Beast “Whole societies are feeling their way, painfully and with many pitfalls, toward democracy” (Christopher, 2012). Another view that is mostly not spoken about is the foreign interference within the region adding to the chaos, these influences are not only from the west but Russia, Tehran and other European counties. This by no means excludes the responsibilities of those who lead these countries by royal decree or military dictatorship which were the main cause for the revolt primarily due to their tyrannical power which usurped the rights of the people. This created a social imbalance that still reverberates throughout this region today.
As we analyze the outcome of the Arab spring with regard to what has or might evolve from it, it is important to ask what influences will religion have on the reestablishments of these countries? In 2012 there was a poll conducted with the six affected countries on the importance of the establishment of their country and what would be a strong indicator of them recovering. Most chose a strong economy with an average of 51%, with democracy averaging in at 44%, showing that the people in the region are aware what goes into making a strong and self-sufficient country, this is illustrated in appendix B. Fast forward to 2014 and democracy is still struggling within the region, while most of the people want democracy, no plausible political ideology has emerged. An article written earlier this year summarizes what is happening in their formation of a governing philosophy simply stated that “not even China’s seemingly successful blend of capitalism and authoritarian government” (Books, 2014) seems to be winning over the people. Egypt has elected to revert back to military governing; royal families still rule, Syria is still...