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Arab Uprisings: Overview

This guide compiles resources about the "Arab Spring" from different think tanks and news sources, and it guides you on how to find relevant information using the library resources.

Timelines and Maps

Arab Spring an Interactive Timeline of Middle Eastern Protests from the Guardian (20 Oct. to 12 Dec. 2011)

Cairo protests: an interactive map. Massive demonstrations in Cairo, and other Egyptian cities, after Mubarak's refusal to resign. From the Guardian.

Timeline from ALJazeera:  A chronicle of the revolution that ended the three-decade-long presidency of Hosni Mubarak.

Middle East and North Africa: Use this chart to keep up with all of the demonstrations, day by day. From Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

BBC News Middle East protests: country by country

CNN Unrest in the Arab world

   خط زمني للثورة الليبية 2011


Search for Arab Spring in Opposing Viewpoints in Context to get a list of audios and more.

Selected photos, videos...

News and Reports from Jadaliyya

Jadaliyya is the new e-magazine from Arab Studies Institute

As part of the
Egypt Elections WatchJadaliyya and Ahram Online will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian election

Report on Jadaliyya's Conference on Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolution

Daily and Weekly News

 Alakhbar a lebanese newspaper providing in-depth reporting on the uprisings and other news in the region. it also reflect the diverse and dynamic realities that make up the communities undergoing these transformations.

The Guardian home  Middle East and North AfricaArab and Middle East unrest 

The Independent

Hot topics in the Middle East

The National 

A United Arab Emirates newspaper telling the story of the region and highlighting the Middle East unrest as seen through the region’s eyes.


Sada The New Reform Bulletin from Carnegie Middle East Center

Essays and Reports

Use CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online to search for reports and studies produced by think tanks.

Selected Documents

Social Media: blogs, twitter, feeds...

Selected Conferences, Workshops...

"Arab Revolutions and Beyond: Change and Persistence" forthcoming conference taking place in Cairo from 19th to 21st of October 2013

"Audiences, media environments and democratization after the Arab spring" Conference organized by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (February 28-March 1, 2013)

"Inverted World" Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region organised by the Orient Institut Beirut. For details, download poster, program, and brochure. (October 4-8, 2012).

"The Arab Spring: Implications and Opportunities For Canada" Summer Conference held by the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. View Sessions and Summaries (August 9-12, 2012)

"To Read and to Write is to Be Already Free" a conference on literature and the Arab Spring held by Libraries Without Borders in Paris (June 24, 2012)

"The Arab Uprisings One Year Later: Examining the Possibilities and Risks" a two days conference orginized by the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. For details check the conference program, invited speakers and abstracts (May 24-25, 2012)

ماذا بعد الربيع؟ المؤتمر السنوي العاشر لمؤسّسة الفكر العربي. البرنامج,المتحدثون و وقائع الجلسات

"The Middle East in Revolt: the First Anniversary" a conference organized by The University of Melbourne and Freedom House. Check the conference program. (March 2012)

"Reform and Transitions to Democracy" a two days conference organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia  (January 2012)

"The Arab Spring: Socio-Economic Challenges and the Role of Europe" a conference jointly organized by the National Council for Economics and Labour (CNEL), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute for International Affairs (IAI). For details read the report summary in English. (December 2011)

"The Arab World is changing" a two days conference on the current changes in the Arab world organized by the Arab Reform Initiative and Bibliotheca Alexiandrina (December 2011)

"City/State/Resistance. Spaces of protest in the Middle East and Mediterraneana workshop on the 2011 Arab Uprisings organized by the Royal Holloway - University of London. The workshop brought together  academics, historians and think-tank membersFor more details, download brochure and podcast (December 2011) 

"Ways to strengthen the Democratic Transformation of Egypt" a conference held by the Cairo Institute for Human Right Studies in partnership with the Madrid-based think tank FRIDE. for details read the report. (August 2011)

"Democratic Transition Challenges: Egypt in a Comparative Perspective" a two days seminar organized by the Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). For poster, program and videos, check the Middle East - Arab Spring section on the EUISS home page. (May 2011)

"Addressing the Past, Building the Future: Justice in Times of Transition" an international conference on transitional justice reported on a conference blog set up by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). Check the conference program. (April 2011)