Rami Khouri on transitions in the Middle East

Speedy State-Building Is Messy, not Dangerous
Agence Global
April 18, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Transitions in the Middle East

“BEIRUT — The ongoing dramatic developments in half a dozen Arab countries where regimes have been overthrown or are being challenged by their own people continue to captivate the world. In the first months of the uprisings, many observers expressed amazement at the sight of Arab citizens daring to peacefully challenge their own authoritarian governments, and evicting them from office in some cases. Then came the phase of regimes that responded with military force to quell the revolts, as in Libya, Syria and Bahrain, leading to warfare. Now we are in the third phase of analysis of the Arab uprisings, which focuses heavily on achieving stability and looking to what the future holds.”

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