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Souring on the Arab Spring?

January 27, 2012

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Is the "Arab Spring" turning away from democracy, and leading instead to religious extremism? Was the enthusiasm for the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere shown by many cheerleaders for democracy just a burst of naivete?

Those are the subjects I discussed in an article in Foreign Policy.  My own take in "A Forward Strategy of Freedom" is that the governments in question had rightly lost all legitimacy and were doomed. Now, the battle for democracy commences--and though we cannot determine the outcome, there is much the United States and other friends of freedom can do to help.