April 15, 2013
Arabs Keeping Their Spring
Pui Yan Fong for The Chronicle Review
In February, an important two-year mark of the Arab Spring was commemorated in Cairo's Tahrir Square with demonstrations that were anything but springlike. The frustration and violence reflected none of the hope that once riveted the eyes of a global audience on Tunisia and Egypt, where masses gathered to topple two entrenched leaders, each autocrat permitted to abdicate with a pulse.
Since that original spark, there have been constitutional crises, sectarian strife, economies on the