Arab Spring Countries

Can you name the five countries whose governments were toppled or were thrown into civil war during the Arab Spring of the early 2010s?
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Last updated: November 14, 2018
First submittedFebruary 1, 2018
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Egypt
Libya
Syria
Tunisia
Yemen
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Level 73
Feb 2, 2018
The Syrian regime was not toppled in the Arab Spring. Bashar al-Assad has been president of Syria since 2000, despite the civil war that still continues today after starting around the time of the Arab Spring.
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Level 55
May 21, 2018
The criteria was "whose government was toppled OR thrown into civil war". Syria's civil war is of course still happening today so it would work on here.
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Level 73
Feb 2, 2018
Same with Bahrain. It's king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has ruled Bahrain since 2002.
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Level ∞
Feb 3, 2018
Guess I need to do more double-checking before featuring a quiz. This has been corrected, thank you.
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Level 79
May 21, 2018
The only reason Bahrain didn't erupt into civil war at around the same time as Syria did is that it is a tiny island easily controlled. But there were many protests there ongoing for years and many violent crackdowns on said protests. Given the small area of the island and support from the AlSauds the Khalifa family easily maintained dominance. But I'm not sure if it's really such a clear distinction. Where on the sliding scale of violence and counter violence does a country slip from civil unrest into civil war? Other countries in turmoil since the Tunisian revolution include Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Sudan, Nigeria, Algeria, Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, to varying degrees. And maybe others. All have gone through events that have been linked, some more directly than others, to the events of the "Arab Spring," and the instability and push for democracy that came about in part due to the toppling of Hussein.
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Level 40
Feb 3, 2018
If you're going with Syria and Bahrain then Yemen also shouldn't be on the list
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2018
Poor Libya :( It was one happy place before the spring. Now it is a ruin :(
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2018
A "happy place"?? Because Gaddafi and his regime were so........nice?
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Level 64
Feb 3, 2018
It was one of the more prosperous nations in Africa in the time. Nowadays, it's in ruin with the civil war.
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2018
It depends. If you talk to the people who were there or lived there or if you watch the news. And I met a lot of people, so I made my own conclusion who is lying.
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Level 79
May 21, 2018
"one of the more prosperous nations in Africa" is a really low bar to clear.

I have friends in Libya. They said things were better, more hopeful, for a while. But since then they've definitely gotten a lot worse.
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2018
thanks to US and its allies!
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Level ∞
Feb 3, 2018
Those evil Americans at it again.
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Level 72
Feb 7, 2018
And to top it all off, all the JetPunk quizzes are about us!
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Level 65
Mar 12, 2018
If the US didn't invade sovereign nations to overthrow their democratically elected leaders, we wouldn't have this fancy quiz to take.

Thanks Obama!
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Level 79
May 21, 2018
Pork, you're calling Hussein a democratically elected leader? And implying that somehow the government set up after him was less democratic? You know that these Arab spring movements were in large part inspired by the toppling of Hussein which nurtured a popular push toward democracy in these other countries like the one that emerged in Iraq, right? And.. you're blaming Obama for invading Iraq 5 years before he was elected president?
Is this trolling or genuine ignorance? it's hard to tell one from the other in some cases.
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Level 65
May 21, 2018
@kalbahamut those conservatives would blame anything on Obama. Even natural calamities.
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Level 64
May 25, 2018
Wait, so hurricanes and earthquakes can't be blamed on Obama? Darn it!
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Level 43
Jun 1, 2018
lol
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Level 51
Feb 19, 2018
Yep.
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Level 65
May 21, 2018
Every country deserve a functioning democracy. However, if the Arab Spring has taught us one thing, it is that any miscalculated push for democracy will lead to instability and turmoil. Were those Arab countries ready for a democratic government?
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Level 37
May 21, 2018
Tunisia might be the only country who benefited from their war
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Level 46
May 21, 2018
Arguably Egypt as well
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Level 79
May 21, 2018
Tunisia has been the most stable of the countries affected but they haven't progressed much. Egypt went from secular military strongman to democratically elected Islamist and back to secular military strongman. They lost a lot of lives and capital and are basically back where they started.
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Level 79
Jan 26, 2020
Democracy is dangerous, easily corrupted, difficult to achieve and harder to maintain. To function well it depends on many different things that most countries simply don't have (rule of law and a lack of corruption, a free and independent press, an educated and informed electorate, a functioning and robust judiciary, a belief in the importance of tolerance/diversity and constitutional protections for minorities, et cetera). It wouldn't have mattered how these countries got to democracy it still would cause problems if they didn't have these things, and none of them do.
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Level 69
Aug 20, 2019
What is the context of the "Arab Spring?" The recent regime changes in Algeria and Sudan could be because of the Arab Spring, no? Riots have been going on since the beginning of the Arab Spring, anyways.
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Level 79
Jan 26, 2020
I guess since it started in December they didn't mean the actual spring time and could be considered ongoing, but I think generally speaking since Egypt has gone back to de facto dictatorship, Assad has all but won the Syrian civil war, popular movements in other countries have been suppressed, and the rate at which they occur has dwindled to almost nothing... most would probably consider the Arab Spring to be over.