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Conflict in the Middle East: The Arab Spring

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The Arab Spring and Conflict in the Middle East
The start of the Arab Spring
In 2011, Tunisia’s revolution sparked protests in Egypt and several other countries in the region. This wave of protests calling for more democracy, is called the Arab Spring, and has resulted in the overthrow of dictators in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
Many of these revolutions have had mixed results. Some have resulted in greater democracy, some have resulted in increased violence and instability.


The Arab Spring began in December of 2010 in Tunisia when a young fruit vendor killed himself to protest corruption and the lack of freedom in his country. From there the revolution spread quickly.

Will Democracy Succeed?
It is not clear if the Arab Spring will bring democracy to the region. With many governments in turmoil, radical Muslim groups have been taking advantage of the confusion. The U.S. and other world leaders are concerned that these extremists might impose strict Islamic law and provide a space for groups like the Islamic State, or I.S.I.S.

Arab Youth and Social Media
Social Media has played a key role in the Arab Spring
Global connectedness
Rapid spread of ideas
Governments have responded by shutting down the internet, blocking social media, banning protesting, and arresting organizers.
Southwest Asia has been an area of conflict since its first civilizations. This region has been invaded and taken over many times. Whenever one group is forced out, another takes its place. After the colonial powers left this area, new nations were formed. Many of them under a dictator's rule. Now people want freedom, they want a say in their government and this has resulted in the "Arab Spring."
The history of the middle east
Egyptians
Assyrians
Babylonians
Persians
Macedonians
Romans

Byzantines
Caliphate
Crusaders
Ottomans
Colonialists
Freedom in the Middle East and N. Africa in 2010
Progress of the Arab Spring In the Last Five Years
Progress of the Arab Spring over the past five years
Set up COrnell NOtes! Arab Spring
1. What started the Arab Spring?

2. What countries are involved?

3. What is the Arab Spring? What has it resulted in?

4. How is social media being used?

5. What is the governments reaction? Why?

6. What is a major concern if democracy
doesn't win?



Democracy spreads...
The Civil War in Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched a violent crackdown on activists that demanded more economic prosperity, political freedom and civil liberties.

The conflict has claimed an estimated 17,000 lives, mostly civilians, according to the United Nations and more than 170,000 people have fled Syria.

Barack Obama and many other global leaders have called on al-Assad to give up the power his family has held since 1970.
Green = Free
Yellow = Partly free
Purple = Not free
What's Happening in syria now...
1. What started the Arab Spring?
The Arab Spring began in December of 2010 in Tunisia when a young fruit vendor killed himself to protest corruption and the lack of freedom in his country.
2. What countries are involved?
Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain.
3. What is the Arab Spring? What has it resulted in?
A wave of protests calling for more democracy that has resulted in the overthrow of dictators in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
4. How is social media being used?
To organize, spread the word, recruit, spread awareness.
5. What is the governments reaction? Why?
Shut down the internet, block social media, ban protesting, arrest organizers
6. What is a major concern if democracy doesn't win?
That there will be a power vacuum, and radical groups will rise to power.
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Check your notes!
Agenda for Today:

Get your assigned laptop
Go to the global studies webpage (http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/Page/30236)
Click on the Arab Spring digital worksheet link
Open the article about the Arab Spring and complete the worksheet
Submit on Schoology when finished
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