April 18, 2012

Arab Disorder Is a Sign of Vitality

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

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What we are seeing in Tunisia and Egypt is not dangerous turmoil or chaos, but rather a very complex set of nation-building and nation-defining dynamics compressed into a ridiculously short time span.

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TAGGED: Egypt, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Bahrain, Tunisia, Arab Spring


April 13, 2012
Iran and the Battle for Bahrain
Brandon Friedman, World Affairs Journal
The Saudis and their neighboring Sunni Arab rulers along the Gulf littoral are now responding to what they see as the challenge of Iran as much as to last year’s events in Tahrir Square. A renewed security competition... more ››
April 12, 2012
State Failure in North Africa
Michael Leigh, German Marshall Fund
upport for political reform in North Africa is necessary but not sufficient. European and U.S. leaders should also focus on the security implications of state failure in Libya, the Sinai, and elsewhere in the region. Without... more ››
April 11, 2012
Islamists Must Leave Room for Unbelievers
Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon
What Islamists, and many other Arabs, have yet to accept is that in order for freedom of religion to be genuine, it must allow the freedom to reject faith entirely and to promote non-religious perspectives. more ››
April 8, 2012
Two Islamist Paths
Washington Post
Two delegations of Islamist politicians, from Tunisia and Egypt, were in Washington last week on what amounted to charm offensives, aimed at reassuring Americans that their movements are not threatening. The envoys from... more ››
April 8, 2012
A Hegelian Moment in the Middle East
Adam Garfinkle, American Interest
The collapse of the Qadaffi regime in Libya is what energized the Tuareg. They lost their main protector in Libya, and, grabbing as many weapons as they could carry––which was evidently quite a few truckloads of... more ››