Did the Arab Spring Really Spark a Wave of Global Protests?

Kalev's latest Foreign Policy columns explores global protest activity over the last 35 years, finding that the Arab Spring touched off an increase of 25% in global protest activity, but that current levels are still significantly below 1980 levels.  A case study of Ukraine is provided to show the ability of GDELT's protest data to shed light on macro-level temporal patterns in global and local protest activity.

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