What does 2022 hold for democracy in the Middle East?

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With authoritarianism on the rise in the Arab world, gloomy outlooks have replaced the widespread optimism about democratisation in the region that many were expressing 11 years ago at the beginning of the Arab Spring. In Egypt, Syria, and Yemen, among others, hope for democratic change is hard to come by. Unfortunately, looking ahead, the prospects for democratisation in MENA states are dim and there is a fair share of blame that belongs on the doorstep of Western governments with respect to the Arab world’s democratic deficits. Events of last year were particularly detrimental to the health …

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