Arab Spring, American Winter

(Los Angeles Times) Aaron David Miller - The Arab autocrats have gone or are going. What remains in the Middle East are Arab states without strong and authoritative leaders and caught up in lengthy, messy transitions, monarchies trying to co-opt and preempt transformational change (Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Jordan); and nonstate actors still at war with themselves (Hizbullah and the Palestinians). For the most part, the Arab authoritarians guaranteed a relatively stable and predictable region in which U.S. interests thrived. But Washington may now find itself in the strange position of getting neither democracy nor stability.

2011-11-14 00:00:00

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