Mohammad Saif Sarwar
The Markfield Institute
On 17th December 2010, Mohammad Bouazizi, an unemployed graduate from Tunisia, after being harassed by Police forces sets fire to himself, initiating a popular outrage and uprising against the repressive regime of the country. Protests broke-out all around, compelling the dictator to flee the country. People deprived of their rights & freedom stood against the oppression and the wall of fear was broken. The trend spread to the neighboring Arab countries, converting the revolt into a full-fledge Arab spring. Some envisaged it as an emergence of pan-Islamism’. However, the big international and regional players plunged into the scene in an attempt to shape the instability of the region according to their own political interests. The sectarian card proved to be the dominant one, reducing the Arab spring and reformation of the region into a sectarian strife. The struggle is still on, and only the time will tell what the future holds for the region.