Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Dunay, Ariel

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Department of Political Science

Advisor(s)

Dr. Manal Jamal

Abstract

In the years following the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, Tunisia and Egypt began the process of creating a new government and constitution made by the people and for the people. However, their differing democratic outcomes begs the question of what factors led Tunisia to become a democracy and Egypt to remain stagnant. This thesis analyzes the democratic transition process through a side-by-side comparison of Tunisia and Egypt in the years since the Arab Spring. It will explore the thin lines between the military, economy, and social movements that all affect the state-building process. It will argue that Tunisia has achieved democracy through its strong secular coalitions and ability to create consensus with Islamist groups, a true model for the region, while the role of the military in politics in Egypt has proved fatal for their transition.

 
 

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