Document Type

Article

Department

Politics and Economics (CGU)

Publication Date

2011

Disciplines

Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Abstract

Recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen have caught senior U.S. policymakers off guard like a herd of deer frozen in the headlights of a big rig barreling down the highway. The State Department contingency plan now appears to be to pretend to play the middle in the media—between the democratic yearnings of the mob and the longing looks of friendly despots— while privately clinging to principals of realpolitik. Calls for democratic freedoms and reforms to be implemented in Egypt, the true center of gravity for the Arab region, are being made but they are no more than hallow exaltations.

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"Why We Should Support Democratic Revolution in the Islamic World " by Robert Bunker is reprinted from Small Wars Journal per the Creative Commons license granted upon its original publication.

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