Chicago - Most people are pessimistic about the “Arab Spring” that broke out six years ago across the Middle East and North Africa and swept away leaders who were in power for decades. It all began in Tunisia; when a Tunisian women police officer slapped a vegetable street vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi, who ended up burning himself in protest for her actions. Despite the wounds caused by the Arab Spring, the Arab people are still suffering its backlashes.

Hicham Zerhouni is a 2015 New Leaders Council Fellow.