Various forms of social media have played vital roles in inspiring the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011. But are they enough to sustain popular uprisings – or are activists and leaders as vital as ever? This report examines the role of social media in mobilising popular opinion.

THE tidal wave of protests in North Africa and the Middle East in 2011 took most of the world by surprise, including the Arabs themselves.

Three authoritarian regimes - Tunisia, Egypt and Libya – have already been overthrown and large-scale protests continue in Syria and Yemen and social media has playe...

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