Seth Jones Discusses the Mirage of the Arab Spring
The Arab uprisings of 2011, once a great source of hope for democracy enthusiasts, have given way to sectarian clashes and political instability. The Middle East has not yet shed its authoritarian yoke, and the United States needs a policy that reflects that reality.
It’s easy to be pessimistic about the Arab Spring, given the post-revolutionary turmoil the Middle East is now experiencing. But critics forget that it takes time for new democracies to transcend their authoritarian pasts. As the history of political development elsewhere shows, things get better.
Seth Jones discusses the Arab Spring and his recent Foreign Affairs article ("The Mirage of the Arab Spring," January/February 2013) on SiriusXM's POTUS Politics.
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