Although the future of the Arab Spring is still up for grabs, the international community has a real opportunity to influence its outcome. This must be principally pursued through concerted multilateral action, bilateral efforts and effective coordination of aid, strictly contingent upon real reform. This can help much of the region’s short-term needs and long-term challenges. The outcome of the recent G8 summit provides a promising start. Dubbed the “Deauville Partnership” comprising the G8 states, Tunisia and Egypt, the new initiative aims to assist the transition to democracy with up to $20 billion in aid.