Small Nation, Big Questions: Bahrain After the Arab Spring

19 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2013 Last revised: 2 Apr 2014

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Ryan Suto

Pennsylvania State University; Syracuse University

Date Written: December 17, 2012


This paper will discuss the political and social climate in Bahrain one year after the Arab Spring came to the country on February 14, 2011. The paper is divided into three main parts in order to give background and context. First, the paper will discuss the various iterations of inequality in Bahrain. Second, the governmental and international responses to the 2011 unrest and government crackdown on protests will be discussed. Lastly, a discussion will intend to tie the themes running throughout the paper together and discuss the future of Bahrain.

Keywords: Bahrain, Arab Spring, Middle East, reconciliation, post-conflict, Sunni, Shi'a

Suggested Citation

Suto, Ryan, Small Nation, Big Questions: Bahrain After the Arab Spring (December 17, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Ryan Suto (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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