Arab spring

a series of uprisings in Arab countries, beginning in Tunisia in December 2010, in which protesters challenged the existing authoritarian regimes.
Contemporary Examples

But from Burma to the Arab Spring, Lagarde said she believes individuals help drive change and progress.
Christine Lagarde at Davos: Europe Must ‘Guard Against Relapse in 2013’ Daniel Gross January 23, 2013


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