Uprisings in the Arab World and Prospects for Democratic Change
Undoubtedly, the most dramatic political development of the year has been the uprisings that sparked across the Arab world. While the uprisings have developed very differently in different countries, there is one thing that can be said with certitude: the Middle East will never be the same. From the euphoria that followed the fall of Mubarak, to the escalating violence spreading throughout Syria, and everything in between, new realities require urgent changes in our policies.
If anything, the uprisings highlighted how democratic change is developing under unique local circumstances. Recent developments, particularly in Turkey and Egypt, further highlight the impending escalation that would accompany leaving regional conflicts unresolved.
With public discourse changing nationally and internationally, the future of democratization in the Middle East is a concern of the entire global community, and this will be a discussion on how best to move forward.
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