North America’s Response to the Tunisian and Egyptian Uprisings

Authored by: Dalal Daoud

Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415523912
eBook ISBN: 9781315763026
Adobe ISBN: 9781317650041


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Mankind is created with innate dignity that cannot be seized by any form of authority. In 2011 the peoples of Tunisia and Egypt revolted for the dignity that autocratic governments had stripped away from them decades earlier. The Tunisian and the Egyptian voices called for an end to tyranny and they anticipated that the rest of the world would echo their aspirations, but this was not the case. It is evident that the voices of the aspirant Arabs fell on deaf ears in the two North American states that were comfortable with the status quo and desired its preservation. This chapter focuses on the American and Canadian response to the Arab revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Through in-depth examination of key statements made by Washington and Ottawa during the Tunisian (14 December 2010 to 25 January 2011) and Egyptian revolutions (17 January to 14 February 2011), the chapter provides an analysis of the North American reaction and the factors that have shaped it.

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