The Mirage of the Arab Spring

Deal with the Region You Have, Not the Region You Want

Published In: Foreign Affairs, v. 92, no. 1, Jan./Feb. 2013, p. 55-63

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2013

by Seth G. Jones

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As popular demonstrations swept across the Arab world in 2011, many U.S. policymakers and analysts were hopeful that the movements would usher in a new era for the region. Although the United States can take some steps to support democratization in the long run, it cannot force change.

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