August 25, 2012

The Roots of the Arab Spring

Nikolas Gvosdev, World Politics Review

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For the past year and a half, the Arab Spring has convulsed the Middle East. It has resulted in the overthrow of four leaders who only two years before seemed destined to rule for life, plunged another country into a fratricidal civil war and placed even long-established monarchies under renewed political and economic stress.

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TAGGED: Tunisia, Egypt, Arab Spring


August 20, 2012
Fear Salafis, Not the Brotherhood
Robin Wright, New York Times
A new Salafi Crescent, radiating from the Persian Gulf sheikdoms into the Levant and North Africa, is one of the most underappreciated and disturbing byproducts of the Arab revolts. In varying degrees, these populist puritans... more ››
August 25, 2012
The Real Arab Revolution
Rami Khouri, Daily Star
Mass demonstrations in Tahrir Square and street battles in Syria form the dramatic heart of the uprisings and revolutions that define many Arab lands these days, but the soul and the brain of the Arab world to come are being... more ››
August 24, 2012
Hysteria to Conventional Wisdom
Andrew McCarthy, Ordered Liberty
What has been amazing to watch in the last few days, though, is how what was Islamophobic hysteria about five minutes ago is suddenly such obvious fact that even the New York Times can acknowledge it. Indeed, the Brotherhood... more ››
August 19, 2012
U.S. Must Rethink the Middle East
Jim Hoagland, Washington Post
President Obama’s country-by-country, tactical responses to this unfolding Arab revolt have, until now, served the United States fairly well. But the strategic struggle between the gulf Arabs and Iran in Syria unhorses that... more ››
August 24, 2012
Arab Spring Comes to Saudi Arabia
Peter Fragiskatos, National Post
Of all the changes brought on by the Arab Spring, it is the ongoing unrest in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province - home to a large Shiite minority, and holding 90% of the country's oil reserves - that could prove to be the most... more ››