The Arab Spring: an ongoing conflict between two visions

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Abdul Nakua

What started as a seemingly a futile act of protest a decade ago transitioned into a fully-fledged revolution that engulfed the Arab world on a scale and ferocity never seen before in the region. Termed the Arab Spring, it was breathtaking in its immediacy and shocking in its early success. Suddenly, the stability paradigm in which the U.S. and the West invested so much to sustain crumbled and lost its cohesion and immunity without much warning. It had, in the process, exposed the logic of what Riccardo Alcoro, fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, called the "'original sin' of the West's stability-first policy" which was founded on the premise that, in the words of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace president William J. Burns, "strongmen are the optimal custodians of regional stability."

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