Fraught trip from Arab tent to street

4 March 2011

Professor Colin Wight is a member of Department of Government and International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The waves of unrest sweeping the Middle East suggest that democratic reform is spreading across the region. Or at least that's the optimistic view being peddled in Washington and other Western capitals.

More than 20 years after Francis Fukuyama published his influential ''End of History'' thesis, Western pundits, armchair generals and politicians are preparing to welcome the ''Arab Street'' into the democratic fold. Better late than never, I suppose.

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