MENA Unbound: Ten Years after the Arab Spring, Avoiding Another Lost Decade

Ferid Belhaj, World Bank |

Photo by Srdjan Popovic on Unsplash
Photo by Srdjan Popovic on Unsplash

The “Arab Spring” led to the fall of governments in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. But as we now know, the wave crashed into a maelstrom of disillusionment, political opportunism, authoritarianism, violence, and civil war. A decade after those dramatic events, what happened to dignity and freedom? What happened to economic opportunities? And are the youth of the MENA region better off today than they were a decade ago?


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