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The Arab uprising

The Arab uprising

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Research paper for MPs from the British House of Commons Library.
Research paper for MPs from the British House of Commons Library.

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The Arab uprisings
RESEARCH PAPER 11/73
15 November 2011Since December 2010, the most profound process of change has affected the countries ofthe Arab world. The change spread quickly between the countries of the region,underlining the many common factors that provoked unrest. How the region’s revolutionsprogress, however, depends on the individual characteristics of each country, which arevery different. This paper looks at these similarities and differences and considers thepossible outcomes in each case. The legitimacy of ruling regimes, the effect of societies’divisions along confessional lines and the role of the region’s militaries are considered.Separately, the prospects for tendencies such as political Islam and violent
 jihadis 
areconsidered. The possible ramifications of the Arab unrest on relations with other countriesin the region, such as Turkey, Israel and Iran are also discussed as are the militarybalance, and defence expenditure and relationships in the region. The immediate andshort-term outlook for the region’s economies, which will have such an impact on theoutcome of the revolutions, is discussed.Lastly, the paper looks at US, EU and UK policies towards the region and presents someviews on how they should evolve.Ben Smith
 
 
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Research Paper 11/73Contributing Authors:
Claire Taylor, Military balance, International Affairs and DefenceSectionThis information is provided to Members of Parliament in support of their parliamentaryduties and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual.It should not be relied upon as being up to date; the law or policies may have changed sinceit was last updated; and it should not be relied upon as legal or professional advice or as asubstitute for it. A suitably qualified professional should be consulted if specific advice orinformation is required.
 
This information is provided subject toour general terms and conditionswhich are availableonline or may be provided on request in hard copy. Authors are available to discuss thecontent of this briefing with Members and their staff, but not with the general public.We welcome comments on our papers; these should be e-mailed topapers@parliament.uk.
ISSN 1368-8456

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