Vol.7, No.2 | [Articles] Global Civil Society and the Egyptian 2011 Uprising: Assessing the Boomerang Effect




The Arab Spring refers to the series of mass uprisings that swept the Arab world in December 2010 and beyond. It resulted in regime changes and mass domestic turmoil across the region. Several factors have been used to account for the Arab Spring, such as domestic despotism and corruption, the impact of social media, and external pressures. This article purports to assess the transnational dimension of the Arab Spring through an examination of the role of global civil society, represented in international human rights groups, in the march toward the Egyptian January 2011 uprising.

Keywords : Global Civil Society, Egyptian Uprising, Boomerang Effect, Human Rights, Democracy, Networking