Arab Spring

Topics: North Africa, Middle East, Democracy Pages: 4 (1343 words) Published: June 7, 2013
Should the “Arab Spring” Democracy Movement be welcomed?

The revolution in the Arab world shows that the people are awakening and realizing the need for a change from authoritarian rule (in which the dictators failed to understand their petition or adhere to their needs and concerns) to multi-party democracy. The “Arab Spring” movement in my opinion should be welcomed with keen interest and support from the international community to ensure that true democracy is achieved in the affected countries.[1] “Arab spring” democracy movement is a wave of pro-democracy protests and uprisings that took place in the Middle East and North Africa beginning in 2010 and 2011, challenging the entrenched powers of the authoritarian regimes. Demonstrators expressing their political and economic grievances faced violent crackdown by the respective regimes’ security forces. Typical cases were the Jasmine revolution in Tunisia, Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising of 2011, Yemen’s uprising of 2011-12, the Libya revolt of 2011, and the Syria uprising of 2011-13, and still ongoing. These uprisings show the world that the Middle East and North African populace knows how it feels like to have a democratic system of government. As Pollack wrote in his book, “The first impression suggests that what happened may not have overturned the political order of the Middle East but was nonetheless profound”.[2] More of the ancient regimes of the Arab world may or may not fall in the next few months or even years, regardless of what happen would have profound consequences for the future of the region and beyond. The question is, does democracy really matter in the Arab Countries?

In addressing this issue at the National Democratic Institute’s 2011 Democracy Award dinner, in her speech Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed why America strongly supports the Arab Spring. First, does America believe that democratic change in the Middle East and North Africa is in America’s interest? She noted that...
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