May 30, 2012

Can Arab World Develop Stable Governments?

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

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Some would argue that in deeply tribal and sectarian societies such as those in many Arab countries, this sort of community-based, consensus-seeking system is more appropriate than a one-person, one-vote electoral democracy. The bad news is that none of these political options has succeeded yet in shaping a stable political system. The good news is that intense activity is under way in many Arab countries to develop political mechanisms that work, ending half a century of frozen national development that all in the region are pleased to leave behind.

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TAGGED: Arab Spring, Middle East, Arabs


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