29 Jul Arab Spring: Democracy or Caliphate?
Rarely do I post articles or news stories these days, but the following piece, written by Syed Shariq, a Muslim analyst of the Middle East, articulates precisely what we’ve been expressing on this blog for years now. Several years ago, this type of talk was derided as lunacy.
The uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East are arguably the most significant occurrence of 2011. Spreading throughout the region like a wildfire, they have led to the ousting of decades-old dictators (Egypt, Tunisia), to widespread civil strife (Yemen) and repression (Syria), and to civil war and foreign intervention (Libya). But what does it all mean for the immediate and long-term future of the region?