February 26, 2011
Rise of the Mediterranean World
Robert Kaplan, Washington Post
With the toppling of autocratic regimes in Egypt and Tunisia - and other Arab dictators, such as Libya's, on the ropes - some have euphorically announced the arrival of democracy in the Middle East. But something more subtle may develop. The regimes that emerge may call themselves democracies and the world may go along with the lie, but the test of a system is how the power relationships work behind the scenes.
TAGGED: Libya, Middle East, Mediterranean