The Arab Spring at Six Months: What Prospects for the Autumn?

The Arab uprisings of 2011 are widely seen as the most significant development in the European neighborhood for a decade. But six months after the protests began and following the initial euphoria, how are events developing on the ground in the southern Mediterranean? Which actors and processes are driving change in Tunis and Cairo in the lead up to the autumn presidential elections? What are the prospects for Morocco’s recently announced constitutional reform process? How can the EU use its revamped neighborhood policy to support a successful transition in each country without losing sight of the regional dimension to the uprising?

Drawing on recently published European Council on Foreign Relations field reports on Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, speakers will tackle these questions and formulate the emerging issues that the EU will need to think about as it tries to put its new tailored "More for More" approach into practice. The discussion will provide a chance to take stock of the diverging revolutionary paths of the Spring across the southern neighbourhood and look ahead to the challenges they will present the region and the EU this coming autumn.


  • Anthony Dworkin and Daniel Korski, Senior Policy Fellows, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Jacqueline Hale, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations (Chair)


  • Franziska Brantner, Member of the European Parliament
  • Alexandros Yannis, European External Action Service


Open Society Institute-Brussels
Rue d’Idalie 9-13
B-1050 Brussels

Date: July 14, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.


Franziska Brantner, Jacqueline Hale, and Alexandros Yannis