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Arab Spring


Will Malaysia’s elections bring an Asian Spring?

Tim Lee | 19 April 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, democracy, Malaysia
Citizens are weary of the politics of patronage, giving the opposition a fighting chance to win.


The West’s two big mistakes in the Arab world

Jennifer S. Bryson | 08 April 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, book reviews, Islam
By treating Islam as monolithic and insisting on secularisation Western powers miss opportunities to help democracy take root.


Will Salafism blight the Arab Spring?

Kamran Bokhari | 04 October 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, democracy, Islam, Salafism
An austere and aloof movement within Islam could derail democratic gains.


Why the West got Egypt wrong

George Friedman | 30 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, Egypt, Syria
In both Egypt and Syria the hopes of the Arab Spring have faded, with the ideals of Western liberals coming a distant third.


The dangers of wishful thinking in the Middle East

Robert R. Reilly | 11 January 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, Islamism
Projecting Western ideas onto the Arab Spring seriously underestimates the danger of Islamism.


A Weimar moment for the Arab world

Robert R. Reilly | 08 December 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, Islam, sharia
Unhappily, the early years of Nazi Germany may be the appropriate analogy for the dangers following the Arab spring.


Will the Arab Spring turn into winter?

Robert R. Reilly | 12 September 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, Islam
Some courageous Muslim thinkers could create a beachhead for the development of Arab democracy.


Re-Examining the Arab Spring

George Friedman | 17 August 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, Stratfor
Many Westerners are deluding themselves about the democratic potential in the Middle East uprisings.


Obama moves in a new direction in the Arab world

George Friedman | 25 May 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Arab Spring, Barack Obama, Islam
If Obama has miscalculated about the long run of history, the US may wind up with short-term risks and no long-term payoff.


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