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Trumpism: From Arab Spring to Western Winter

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 10:47 am (UTC-5)
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So Donald Trump’s iconoclastic views and his in-your-face style are not only far from unique; they may simply be an American version of the fears and anger that are currently sweeping through Europe. And what sparked those?

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The Unsexy Truth About Why the Arab Spring Failed

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 10:01 am (UTC-5)
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The truth is that … the real story of the Arab Spring wasn’t one about individual people being heroic or wicked. Rather, it was a less cinematic — but far more important — story about the dangers of brittle dictatorships and weak state institutions.

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Support Tunisia, the Arab Spring’s Sole Success Story

Posted November 19th, 2015 at 2:53 pm (UTC-5)
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At a dangerous and unstable time for North Africa and the Middle East, we should not squander any chance to reinforce the foundations of a fledgling democracy that needs support to sustain itself and grow. U.S. aid allows Tunisia to continue to provide greater security for its people…

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A Fourth Arab Country Melts Down

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports on Wednesday that the president of Yemen has fled his country underline the latest crisis to strike the state system in the Middle East. Three other Arab nations – Libya, Syria and Iraq – are already fractured among religious, ethnic and tribal groups, with fighting exacerbated by outsiders bankrolling and arming proxies. The Barack […]

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