February 22, 2013

Why Wasn't There a Chinese Spring?

Steve Hess, The Diplomat

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It has now been two years since the self-immolation of the Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, provided the spark that set the Arab world aflame. A wave of protests spread throughout the region in quick succession and led to the overthrow of long ruling autocrats in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, and possibly Syria.

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February 20, 2013
The Arrogance of Universal Democracy
Leon Hadar, National Interest
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February 21, 2013
Arab Spring's Clash Within Civilizations
Rajan Menon, National Interest
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February 18, 2013
Collapse of Al Jazeera's Credibility
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February 22, 2013
After the Arab Spring, a Sunni Sexual Revolution?
Nicolas Pelham, Playboy
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