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What Became of the Arab Springs? 

March 03, 20207:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Arabic, with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm, will be giving this conference at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid on Tuesday, March 3.

The event will be presented by Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s International Relations Coordinator.

Nine years after the social uprisings which spread through the region in 2011, the different outcomes observed have led to certain patterns: civil war, renewed authoritarianism or a timid move towards democratic transition, in countries like Syria, Egypt and Tunisia, respectively. The recent wave of uprisings in Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq have brought up further questions about whether the unrest has found new and fertile ground and in what direction the discontent will be channeled. Veteran journalist Abdul Bari Atwan explains what happened during the so-called “Arab Springs” and the current perceptions by Arab public opinion and the media.

Abdel Bari Atwan is the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm, a website with news and opinions from the Arab world. He was the editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, a pan-Arab newspaper headquartered in London, from 1989 to 2013. After graduating from the University of Cairo, he worked with Asharq Al-Awsat. Atwan has had four books published successfully: A Country of Words, Secret History of Al Qa’ida, After Bin Laden and most recently, Islamic State: the Digital Caliphate. He has contributed articles to British newspapers such as The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday and The Herald (Glasgow).
What Became of the Arab Springs?