Why did the Arab Spring miss the Maghreb? | Matt Buehler

Mon Feb 24, 2014
Matt Buehler, the 2013-2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow at CIRS, delivered a Monthly Dialogue lecture on "Why did the Arab Spring miss the Maghreb? Continuity through Co-optation in Morocco and Mauritania," on February 17, 2014. The talk summarized the results of in-depth fieldwork conducted in Morocco and Mauritania, where Buehler conducted over 100 interviews with politicians and policymakers. The central question guiding Buehler's research was, "under what conditions did an Arab regime survive the Arab Spring?" Some popular theories currently on offer by scholars propose that monarchical states that have a wealth of natural resources, a long history of military loyalty, and a strategy of appeasing indigenous ethnic groups are more resilient and better equipped to overcome civil unrest than nations that do not enjoy similar privileges. In order to put these theories to the test, Buehler argued that it was first necessary to outline the key infrastructural and political differences exhibited by his case study countries of Morocco and Mauritania.