The War Of The Middle East And North Africa

2011 Words Feb 2nd, 2015 9 Pages
From the inception of the Arab Spring in Tunisia to the most recent round of insurrection in Yemen, vulnerable states in the Middle East and North Africa have undergone waves of debilitating conflict. The chain of events that rapidly spread the revolutionary sentiment from capital to capital was not expected, and surprised the world. Ostensibly bloodless coups intermixed with violent rebellion and created a new Middle East and North Africa. The largest, and arguably most important country embroiled in the rash of regime change is Egypt. Egypt is the center of gravity of the North African states, and has been a strategic ally of the United States since 1975. The recent conflict in Egypt was preceded by years of corrupt authoritarian rule and increasing levels of poverty and lack of opportunity, which ultimately led to untenable levels of frustration within the Egyptian polity. The conflict participants: President Hosni Mubarak and his National Democrat Party (NDP); the semi-autonomous military establishment; the protesters; and the Islamists (Muslim Brotherhood) clashed together in a battle of wills which ultimately deposed Mubarak and the successive Islamist regime and led to another round of elections. Apart from the inertial forces of revolution playing upon the state of Egypt by her neighbors, Egypt had significant domestic social issues which factionalized and provoked the people to protest in the streets. Primary factors which led to the call for change were…
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