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The Arab Spring

IWPR in-depth coverage of the revolutions and protest movements breaking out across the Middle East provides a platform for Arab journalists and activists to air their views on and analysis of the turmoil.


Dates active: 
2011 to 2012
(Photo: Monika Huber)
IWPR staff
13 Sep 12
A new collection of photographs and texts offers a fresh perspective on the turbulence and conflict that have swept the Middle East and North Africa in the last year and a half.
Abdulbaset Sieda, head of the opposition Syrian National Council since June 2012. (Photo: Syrian National Council website)
William Shaw
5 Jul 12
Disconnect from conflict on the ground saps confidence in overseas political movement.
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces hard choices about what do to on Syria, (Photo: Agencia Brasil/Wiki Commons)
Maryam Hasan
29 Jun 12
Alarm at downing of Turkish fighter plane, but no appetite for military intervention.
Siba Barada
11 Jun 12
Opposition divided between advocates of violent and peaceful means of resolving conflict.
Moroccan army colonel Ahmed Himmiche, head of the UN Military Observers team deployed in Syria, is approached by Homs resident as he and his officers patrol the city. (UN Photo/Neeraj Singh)
Daniella Peled
1 May 12
Rate of shelling has fallen since United Nations team arrived in the area, but locals fear government forces will hit back with a vengeance when monitors leave.
William Shaw
1 May 12
Although National Transitional Council has presided over period of calm, critics say it hasn’t lived up to high hopes placed in it.
Maryam Hasan
25 Apr 12
Opposition may be diverse, but it shares common distress about the past and hope for the future.
Armoured Vehicles for Syrian Observer Group Arrive in Beirut. (UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz)
Poppy McPherson
20 Apr 12
Number of monitors too small to affect regime’s actions.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is leading a joint UN-Arab League peace effort for Syria. (Photo: Geirix/WikiCommons)
William Shaw
16 Apr 12
Critics of peace plan warn it might give President Bashar al-Assad breathing space to consolidate control.
Destruction of villages in Jabal al-Zawiyya area of Idlib province, northwestern Syria. (Photo: IWPR)
Daniella Peled
26 Mar 12
Local activist describes destruction in villages and indiscriminate killing.