||The unprecedented Arab Spring crisis that erupted in late 2010 and spread rapidly
across the Middle East and North Africa is history in the making. As the Arab Spring
progresses, it has become clear that some nations have been more successful than others
in their responses to the crisis, although the reasoning for this is yet to be determined.
This thesis suggests that Western foreign aid influenced the way in which these nations
responded to the crisis, particularly in regards to their transition to a more legitimate
democracy. More specifically, this thesis hypothesizes that those nations that received
a significant amount of Western assistance responded more successfully than those
that received little. The results gathered from the case study analysis conducted
in the paper support this hypothesis. These findings reinforce the literature that
argues that foreign aid is effective, and as such, open the door for further research
into the ways in which Western foreign aid can be utilized in the future.