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I certainly think that economic conditions played a large role in the Arab Spring force of change. The reality is that many of the participants in the uprisings were economically marginalized, unable to partake in the wealth and sense of economic control that were present. Part of the anger that fueled the revolt was because of a lack of economic control. When Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi sets fire to himself, it is out of frustration that his meager attempts to earn a pittance of a living are being denied because of corruption and a lack of economic control over his life. For many of the protesters, this was a shared narrative. Economic issues and the lack of economic opportunity dominated the force of change in the Arab Spring. It makes sense in so far as those who protested demanded change, primarily because their own lives lacked the hope and sense of prosperity that would have made them more able to accept the conditions of the Status Quo. Even since the changes in Arab Spring countries, there is a dissatisfaction with how realities have not immediately changed. The lack of economic opportunity and lack of economic empowerment drives frustration, particularly in the case of Arab youth. It is here where economic development must accompany the fervor for democratic change in order for it to be lasting and a permanent part of the Arab world.
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