My attention was struck yesterday by a blog post published by the U.N.'s Alliance of Civilizations, which states that the now ubiquitous term Arab Spring, was "first used by Foreign Policy Magazine and then adopted by journalists and activists in the US as a way to brand the revolution that has been transforming the MENA region for almost a year now."
I didn't recall FP coining the term, and was curious about whether that was true. The answer turns out to be, kinda, sorta, maybe.
It's not well remembered at this point, but the term "Arab Spring" was originally used, primarily by U.S. conservative commentators, to refer to a short-lived flowering of Middle Eastern democracy movements in 2005.
On Jan. 6 of this year -- only two days after the death of Tunisian fruit-vendor Mohamed Bouazizi -- FP's Marc Lynch wrote a post titled "Obama's 'Arab Spring,'" in which he remarked on the emerging "clashes through a diverse array of Arab states -- Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt":