(Mis)Understanding the Arab Spring


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(Mis)Understanding the Arab Spring
There is no doubt that 2011 has been the year where politics, regimes, the general Arab populace and foreign observers have been involved in radical upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, with the prospect of more changes to come in Yemen and Syria. However, much as the media tries to indicate that all these uprisings bode well for future relations with the U.S., sadly the U.S. still does not understand nor trust Arab leaders, those in power now, the deposed and the future ones. One New York Times makes it quite clear: “For the United States to fulfill its goals in the region, it will need to understand these distinctions and distance itself from the idea that the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan uprisings...
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.....rences of the world’s people. What this Arab Spring represents, no matter its eventual outcome, is that people who we believed to have been slumbering for centuries suddenly have awakened and are now attempting to become as valid citizens with all the rights pertaining thereto that nations like America have enjoyed. Perhaps for the first time Arabs of all ages and political and economic differences are letting us know that they deserve better and are willing to rise up to achieve that.
Anderson, Lisa: “Demystifying the Arab Spring” New York Times,
Reprinted from Foreign Affairs,
, 90, May/June 2011
, Anthony, and Kirkpatrick, David D.: “Promise of Arab
Uprisings Is Threatened by Divisions” New York Times,
May 21, 2011