March 8, 2011

The Arab Democracy Paradox

Brookings Institution, Brookings Institution

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The unprecedented spread of pro-democracy protests sweeping across the Middle East took the world by surprise. Many pundits surmise the root of the turmoil stems from a lack of accountability, democracy and jobs. However, Mwangi Kimenyi explains the flaws in this theory, and says that the same countries experiencing rebellions have also seen development successes in recent years.

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TAGGED: Democracy, Middle East, Arab


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