Description: The Arab Spring is a succession of revolutions and protests throughout North Africa and the Middle East, starting in 2010 and 2011. On December 17, 2010 in Tunisia, Mohamed Bouazizi is apprehended by the police for failing to get a permit to sell from his produce stall. He lights himself on fire in protest near a provincial government building. Bouazizi’s act of protest marks the beginning of the Arab Spring. Following Bouazizi’s death, street protests against poverty, repression and corruption erupt throughout Tunisia and in its capital, Tunis. A violent suppression by the government ensues. Tunisians use social media to disseminate the news with international media, which calls the protests the “Jasmine Revolution”. This popular uprising ends the more than 20-year rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who escapes to Saudi Arabia in January 2011. In October, the country’s first democratic parliamentary elections take place.Throughout Algeria beginning in December 2010, protestors demonstrate against government corruption, rising food prices, poverty and censorship. These protests last until 2012, motivated by the protests in North Africa and the Middle East. The Tunisian Revolution extends with large repercussions to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. Other countries with significant demonstrations are Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Sudan. In 2011, Egypt has weeks of protests in Tahrir Square. President Hosni Mubarak resigns. Mohammed Morsi is elected president in 2012, then in a coup he is removed in 2013. With international military intervention and a bombing campaign in 2011, Libya’s rebel forces end the four-decade rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi in Tripoli; a civil war continues. In 2011 in Syria, protests begin, leading to the ongoing civil war between the government of the dictator Bashar al Assad and opposition forces. In Yemen in 2011 protesters demand that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down and he escapes to Saudi Arabia. Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi becomes president in 2012, and an armed conflict continues. In 2011 and 2012 in Bahrain, protests are ongoing and the government of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa arrests and tortures thousands of citizens. The collection includes texts from Cambridge University Press, documentaries, teaching materials, blogs, policy briefs, podcasts and photographs.