July 15, 2014

The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong

Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

The Associated Press

Shortly after the Arab Spring broke out at the tail end of 2010, two narratives took hold in the West. Optimists hailed a region-wide birth of democracy, as though the Middle East and North Africa were following the path blazed in Eastern Europe during the anti-communist revolutions of 1989. Pessimists fretted that the Arab world was following Iran’s example in 1979 and replacing secular tyrants with even more repressive Islamist regimes. Both narratives turned out to be wrong, and not just because their adherents had the wrong narrative. Any narrative superimposed over this series of events was doomed to be wrong. The Arab Spring isn’t one thing. Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are experiencing wrenching change, but unlike in Eastern Europe after the...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Libya, Morocco, Syria, Middle East, Egypt, Tunisia, Arab Spring


July 11, 2014
No Arab Democracy Without Arab Democrats
Jeff Simpson, Globe & Mail
False optimism permeated much of the early coverage of the Arab Spring. Too many Western journalists and writers believed that finally the time had come for long-suffering Arab populations to throw off their authoritarian rulers,... more ››
July 14, 2014
The Case for Monarchy in Libya
Mark Varga, The National Interest
The Western intervention in Libya that ousted Gaddafi came at the price of emboldening some of the least democratic elements in the Arab world. A return to the past could help. more ››
Three and a half years ago, the world was riveted by the massive crowds of youths mobilizing in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand an end to Egypt's dreary police state. We stared in horror as, at one point, the Interior Ministry... more ››
July 8, 2014
Energy Brings Egypt Closer to Israel
Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy
Egypt is so desperate to finally come to grips with its energy and fiscal nightmares that its new government is doing the once unthinkable: rolling back generous domestic fuel subsidies and opening the door to imported natural... more ››
July 3, 2014
Who Was Saddam Hussein?
Robert Kaplan, Stratfor
The current disintegration of Iraq makes me reflect on the nature of Saddam Hussein's rule. Beyond the American invasion in 2003, which was the proximate cause of Iraq's current instability, there was something more fundamental,... more ››