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March 29, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Spring

In National Review magazine, I write about which Arab regimes will reform and survive--and which will not. On balance, I argue that the Arab monarchies have a better chance than the fake "republics"…

April 23, 2014

Egypt
Arab Spring Reality Check

This article was originally published here on Muftah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  It has been more than three years since the uprisings in the Arab world began.  The civil war in Syria, the persiste…

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May 2, 2012

Hamas and the Arab Spring

It would be logical to assess that Hamas (a part of the Muslim Brotherhood) must be a winner from the "Arab Spring." The various revolts have brought Islamists into power in several Arab countries, a…

May 1, 2012

Israel
The Arab Spring and the Palestinians

With the outbreak of political activity and elections in Egypt and Tunisia, and the recent dismissal of the prime minister in Jordan, what do Palestinians think about their frozen political situation…

January 27, 2012

United States
Souring on the Arab Spring?

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 democr…

July 13, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Zimbabwe and an “Arab Spring

Zimbabwe is rapidly deteriorating, if not imploding. In the midst of a drought, estimates are that up to half of the rural population will face hunger or famine in the coming year. The economy is con…

Zimbabwe and an Arab Spring

December 17, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Tunisia: The Last Hope of the Arab Spring

The "Arab Spring" has not brought the spread of peace, democracy, and human rights in the Arab world, which was the original hope. Neither Egypt, nor Syria, nor Libya have attained the conditions for…

April 19, 2012

Human Rights
Life, Art, and the Arab Spring

In the 1930s Benito Mussolini was sufficiently offended by the Marx Brothers’ film Duck Soup to ban it in Italy.  The film, sometimes viewed as a paean to anarchy, was--given the world scene when it …

May 2, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Bin Laden, Obama, and the Arab Spring

The spectacular news of Osama bin Laden’s killing by U.S. forces could not have come at a better time. Al-Qaeda’s message that violence, terrorism, and extremism are the only answer for Arabs seeking…

May 5, 2011

Turkey
Arab Spring, Turkish Fall on ForeignPolicy.com

Protesters hold a Turkish flag and signs during a demonstration to show their solidarity with the protesters in Deraa, in the Syrian port city of Banias. The signs read, "Greetings to Turkey's Pr…

Arab Spring, Turkish Fall on ForeignPolicy.com