Tagged Arab Spring

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OP-ED: Obama’s Tough Decision on Syria: Action over Reaction

By Amer Mahdi Doko I still remember Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s press conference last April when he announced the US had strong evidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against civilians. Looking tired and pale, Hagel chose his words carefully, stating “our intelligence community does assess, with varying degrees of confidence, that the…

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Of Bang and Bucks: Sponsors of the Proxy War in Syria

By Noora AlSindi The Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, is once again promising to put an end to the violence in Syria after over a year of bloodshed that has killed more than 9,000 civilians. This comes as part of his acceptance of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan. While the plan calls for…

Just another Mubarak? Hussein Tantawi (right),  head of the ruling military council.
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Post Arab Spring Islam: A Political Reality

By  Amir Fouad Despite the negative connotation of the name Mubarak derived on account of the recently-ousted and very much despised former president of Egypt, the word “mubarak” in Arabic (lit: “blessed”) is otherwise ubiquitously used in Egypt and throughout the Muslim world in the most joyous of contexts. It is most often heard in…

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Deconstructing the Arab Spring at Brookings

By Amir Fouad It wasn’t so long ago that the Arab Spring was the topic du jour on everyone’s mind. Back in February, the popular demonstrations throughout the Middle East and North Africa that sent a barrage of moving images to our TV sets and newsfeeds were as inspiring as they were surprising. More than…