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Protests and Mass Movements

MEP hosts a variety of analysis on protests and mass movements that have spread throughout the region. We seek to understand the short- and long-term developments in protest methods, social movements, civil society, and competing ideas and narratives in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings of 2011-2015 as well as the recent wave of protests from 2019-2020.

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Ten Years of Pan-Arab Protests: Understanding the new Dynamics of Change

On October 7, the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program hosted a panel discussion on protests in the Middle East and North Africa, almost a decade after the Arab Spring began. Panelists discussed the nature of current protest movements, the impact of the pandemic, and what the future of the region may hold.