The Arab Spring of 2011-2012 was a journalistic euphemism intended to evoke reminiscences of the 1968 Prague Spring, or a peaceful demonstration against authoritarian rulers to bring about "socialism with a human face". It ultimately was a bloody disaster and led to the rise of the Islamic State, six million dispossessed refugees and 300,000 dead in Syria; Libya, Yemen and other states destabilized. The powers that be remaining in control of secular Egypt. And Iran, with Western acquiescence, on the path to becoming a nuclear power.
- ... the idea of an “Arab Spring” for the entire Arab world that President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and investor George Soros strongly promoted turned out to be based on a naïve idealism that instead undermined the rule of law and led to anarchy, starvation, and a refugee crisis that hurt citizens more than the dictatorships that preceded it.
The Arab Spring originally was intended to be an expression of the neoconservative view of democratization of the Middle East; it has now become the non-sensical name for the disastrous foreign policy legacies of Barack Obama, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Vladimir Putin refers to it as a "zone of chaos".
For some months the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt until the government gets overthrown again. al-Qaeda is stronger in Yemen with control on some cities. In 2015 Islamist Houthi-rebels took control over Yemen. In Libya Islamists killed the ambassador of the United States and the late government wanted to construct Sharia law. The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad does not want to resign his tenure. So it came to the Syrian Civil War (mainly a mercenary war), where an Islamist opposition fights against the secular government and also Sunnis fight Shias. In Tunisia the Islamist Ennahda-party took the power.
The policies of US President Barack Hussein Obama with regard to the Arab Spring seemed to be in the interest of Muslim theocracy, unlike previous American Presidents who have favored governments which are secular and pro-Israel.