All revolutions have huge costs. For that matter, any disruption to the current way of doing things has one time cost. The benefits if any come later over many years. This needull discusses the cost of Arab Spring.
Now a new report from the United Nations suggests that the turmoil in the years since 2010 has left a heavy economic imprint in the Arab region — in particular, leading to a net loss of $613.8 billion in economic activity, or about 6 percent of gross domestic product from 2011 to 2015.