Rami Khouri on the Arab uprisings

The Arab Big Bang
Agence Global
December 21, 2011
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, associate with the Belfer Center’s Dubai Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Arab uprisings

“BEIRUT — At a panel discussion I participated in earlier this week on the Arab uprisings, a key point of debate was whether the Arab world was experiencing a crisis of regimes or of states. Looking around the region today, with unsettled conditions in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya in particular, it seems obvious that the answer is ‘both.’ One of the eventualities that some Arab countries must come to grips with, but that remains largely unspoken, is that some countries may not survive in their present configurations, and may undergo modifications of borders, populations and national identity — as happened to much acclaim in places after the collapse of the former Soviet Union.”

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