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Democratization in the Arab World

A Summary of Lessons from Around the Globe (Arabic translation)

Published Jul 9, 2013

by Laurel E. Miller, Jeffrey Martini


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The hopes and drama of the Arab Spring captured the world's attention early in 2011. The unexpected regime changes created both new opportunities and new uncertainties in a troubled region. As events have unfolded since the uprisings, it has become clear that Arab countries striving to develop new political systems and practices face daunting challenges. In Democratization in the Arab World: Prospects and Lessons from Around the Globe (RAND, 2012), a team of RAND researchers explored the conditions and decisions that are most likely to influence whether democratization will succeed. We identified the main challenges to democratization in the Arab world; analyzed how other countries around the world that transitioned from autocracies over the past four decades have overcome or failed to overcome similar challenges; and suggested ways to help transitioning countries strengthen their fledgling democracies.

This publication is an Arabic translation of an updated summary of Democratization in the Arab World. It is based on the summary published inside our 2012 volume, but has been modified to reflect recent events.

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