If we look at things superficially, we will of course say that the so-called Arab spring did not achieve anything. We will surely say that the situation is catastrophic.
Indeed, we have a tendency to focus on turmoil in the region while we overlook and forget the important historical developments. It is true that there are a plethora of reasons for pessimism in the short and perhaps even medium term in the countries of the so-called Arab Spring. We cannot deny that a number of Arab countries are witnessing internal conflicts and civil wars and that some countries have seen counter-revolutions. But revolutions achieved important things.
The span of time separating the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring from our present is too short in the life of a revolution or in the life of revolutions.
Let me start by saying that young people have triggered the majority of these revolutions. These same young people need time to change things. They have just started working on the transformation in the region. Nevertheless, these revolutions have at least succeeded in breaking the fear barriers. People of the so-called Arab Spring do not fear to express their opinions anymore. They are defying dictatorship and autocracies despite the oppression. They have rejected once and for all the emergence of royal dynasties within the Arab republics and denounced their corruption, nepotism and so on. Moreover, they put an end to the age of presidents-for-life as well as to the absence of political accountability.
The span of time separating the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring from our present is too short in the life of a revolution or in the life of revolutions. History is overflowing with examples of revolutions that needed centuries to achieve their goals. So what has been achieved is not small and the people of the so-called Arab Spring should persevere and keep on fighting to fulfil the objectives of their revolutions.