THE ARAB SPRING2 The Arab Spring and Terrorism Beginning in 2010, individuals across the middle east and northern Africa started revolutions in attempts to force government reform. The news of the first protest in Tunisia quickly spread around the world and sparked the people in Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, and Libya to begin protests of their own. The demonstrations around the middle east and northern Africa became known as The Arab Spring. The Arab Spring was a way for the people to demonstrate their displeasure with government actions about human rights violations, poverty, and even corruption within the government. The people wanted a change from authoritarian rule to a more western democracy style government. The affected governments of these countries used military force, killing, injuring, or incarcerating many of the protesters. The actions of the governments quickly spread around the world, and many of the government leaders were removed from power. Although many of the governments have gone through reform, the people have continued to be oppressed by many of those governments. The change allowed the state and non-state sponsored terrorism to ravish the area and kill or displaced millions of people. One of the most notable countries that were affected during the Arab Spring was Syria.