As the Arab Spring evolves, responses must also adapt and change with the challenges. This interactive timeline from TheÂ Guardian traces key event.
In this video, USAID’s Middle East Mission Director Chris Crowley describes how USAID is adapting to the Arab Spring.
United States Institute for Peace (USIP)Â Sheldon Himelfarb talks about the role of social media in the recent uprisings in the Middle East, stating that:
“The digital revolution has thrown up lots of unstructured data â€“ from blogs, tweets, public forums, etc. And with the vast new datasets have emerged a whole crop of analytical tools â€“ link analysis, content analysis, social network analysis, meme tracking and the like. These tools crunch, sort, clean and visualize data ostensibly so that we can begin to understand how online discourse manifests itself as offline change.” These evolving tools and information sources introduce hope for many but also controversy.
A September event, Shifting Fact from Fiction: The Role of Social Media in Conflict,” co-hosted by USIP and George Washington University, attempted to expand the understanding of Â the use of cutting-edge of research technologies and predictive analyticsÂ for conflict management and peacebuilding.
- Audio of the eventÂ