Kenan Engin

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Kenan Engin (1974, Pertek, Tunceli Province, Turkey) is a German-Turkish political scientist.

Engin writes articles in Turkish, German and English for magazines and newspapers since 1995. He immigrated to Germany from Turkey in 2000 and studied at the University of Heidelberg, working there from 2009 onwards in addition to other posts at other universities.

Kenan Engin identified the Arab Spring as the "fifth wave of democracy" because of evident features qualitatively similar to the "third wave of democracy" in Latin America that took place in the 1970s and 1980s.[1][2]


  1. ^ Engin, Kenan. "The Arab Spring: The 5.0 Democracy Wave". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Die fünfte Welle der Demokratisierung im islamisch-arabischen Raum?" [The fifth wave of democratization in the Muslim-Arab world?]. Migrapolis (in German). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.