Global Podd 111: Will protests return to Middle East?

A protest march in Tunis 2021. Photo: Shutterstock.

Eleven years has passed since the Arab Spring rocked the Middle East/MENA region. Now food prices are on the rise and new protests movements start to emerge in countries such as Lebanon and Tunisia.
What will happen now? In which way has the region developed since the Arab Spring started? 

The Arab Spring began in December 2010 when Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest the arbitrary seizing of his vegetable stand by police over failure to obtain a permit.

The protest started a wave of changes, but also brutal backlashes from regimes such as those in Egypt and Syria. 

What will happen now? In which way has the region developed since the Arab spring started? What does the new young generation think, and why are so many poor people in the region supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, when they themselves are also suffering the consequences?

Listen to episode 111 of Global Podd.


  • Bilal Al Jouhari, Communication specialist from Morocco,  working on migration and other issues.
  • Chokri Ben Nessir, editor in chief of the newspaper Presse de Tunisie in Tunisia.
  • Rouba El Helou, Lecturer of political communication and gender in the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Notre Dame University in Lebanon.

Moderator: David Isaksson.

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