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  • Five years after the Arab Spring: Despair, but also hope

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    “People have changed” in the wake of the Arab Spring, despite its largely dashed hopes five years later, says Asef Bayat, an Illinois sociology professor and expert on social movements and urban politics in the Middle East. “There is a new awareness and new expectations,” and people are likely to push for political change again, once they see an opportunity.

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  • To contact Asef Bayat, call 217-333-1950; email