L. M. ISAEV
National Research University-Higher School of Economics
Keywords: League, Arab spring, Syria-Libya, Amr Musa
With the onset of socio-political upheavals in the Arab world, the Middle East and North Africa region has experienced a series of political transformations. Some countries-Libya and Syria-have plunged into a state of civil war, others-Egypt and Yemen-are in a state of permanent political and legal crisis, etc. All this was a test of strength for the League of Arab States (LAS) - one of the oldest international organizations in the world*.
At the beginning of the Arab Spring, there was another change of leadership in the League - in May 2011, Nabil al-Arabi took over the post of Secretary General, replacing Amr Musa, who had held this post since 2001. It would seem that the arrival of the new leadership was supposed to bring a fresh look at the events of the Arab Spring to the League and help to strengthen the role of the League as a guarantor of stability in the region. Especially in the context of the fact that Amr Moussa, who was aiming for the post of president of Egypt after the departure of Hosni Mubarak, in the last months of his tenure as Secretary General of the Arab League, behaved more like a presidential candidate than the head of the pan-Arab organization.
AMR MUSA'S LEGACY
During the second Arab Economic Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, which took place immediately before the revolutionary events in Egypt in January 2011, Amr Moussa made a statement that the actions of the protesters are destructive and only complicate the discussion of the burning issues on the agenda.1
The Arab League was confident that after Tunisia, a wave of protests would sweep over neighboring Algeria, where the power of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has recently been repeatedly harshly criticized by the opposition. It was hard to believe that the next state would be Egypt. Subsequently, critical attitude to the events of the" Arab Spring " in its early stages cost ... Read more