Lessons Learned in the Wake of the Arab Spring
More than three years after uprisings first swept Tunisia, the greater Middle East, and North Africa, the region has witnessed unprecedented public mobilizations in the name of personal liberty, citizen empowerment, and human rights. Driven by the voices of the people in the streets, many states have seized this historic moment to take sharp turns towards democracy. Yet, as recent events have shown, establishing a durable constitution and building healthy democratic institutions is a challenging, complex and collective journey, fraught with political and personal risk. Leading comparative constitutionalist David Fontana, Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou and Tunisian human rights activist Amira Yahyaoui shared their outlook for the future of a region in transition.