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Trajectories of Change: Challenge and Transformation in the Wake of the Arab Spring

In the nearly three and a half years since the Arab Spring began, an outpouring of popular mobilization has transformed the region's political and social landscape. What do these momentous developments mean for the Middle East, and how should they inform U.S. policy in the region?

In this report, researchers from the Baker Institute's Center for the Middle East assess the impact of the Arab Spring in five different regional contexts. Marwa Shalaby examines patterns of women’s political participation in Egypt and Tunisia. Ben Stevenson assesses the implications of the Arab Spring for Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen analyzes the policy responses of the GCC states and their connection to local, regional and global stability. Jim Krane applies an economic perspective to study the reaction of national oil companies throughout the region to the changed political environment. Ariana Marnicio focuses on the evolving role of social media in the Syrian conflict. Founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian provides the foreword to the report.

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