The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

2019 was a decade of defiance and dissent. The 2020s are likely to be no different.

January 1, 2020

Like 2019, the new year and perhaps the new decade is likely to be pockmarked by popular protest, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

The question is what the protests that last year toppled the leaders of Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq but only led to a genuine transition process in Sudan will produce.