Rami Khouri on transformation in the Middle East

More Signs of Change Across the Arab World
Agence Global
July 2, 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: Transformation in the Middle East

“BOSTON — Egypt and Syria rightly get the lion’s share of attention in the Arab world these days, but three other important developments in Kuwait, Sudan and Tunisia during the past week highlight other important trends that help us see the full state of the region and its likely transformations. The deep political volatility across the whole Arab world and the very different forms of protest, contestation and change underway indicate clearly that we are witnessing something more historic than merely the desire of hundreds of millions of people to live in more accountable democracies. We are experiencing the collapse of significant portions of the Arab order and its power structures that defined most countries and governments since the 1950s, as this order crumbles under the weight of its own deficiencies, failures, and illegitimacy.”

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