The pattern of protest in the Middle East

The pattern of protest in the Middle East

The popular uprisings associated with the Arab Spring, and recent and ongoing protests in countries such as Iraq, Iran and Lebanon differ in origin, but their underlying causes are similar. The reasons revolt does not lead to real political and economic change are also the same. The fundamental challenge for states in the region is the need to create a productive economy supported by political and social structures that reproduce and expand the welfare of their citizenry.  Anything short of that perpetuates rot in the economy and guarantees more unrest and upheaval in the future.