The Arab Uprising
Causes, Prospects and Implications
The popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have been triggered by a combination of deteriorating living standards and growing inequality (an economic deficit), a lack of political freedoms and public accountability (a political deficit), and the alienation of the demographically dominant age cohorts from the political order (a dignity deficit). On a systemic level, the Arab uprising will create a new political and economic reality in the Middle East and transform the regional balance of power.
© 2011 Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
Timo Behr, Mika Aaltola