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Turmoil in the Arab World
Turmoil in the arab world

An Egyptian citizen smiles proudly after voting in the historic constitutional referendum on March 19. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measures, including one that establishes presidential term limits, one of the major demands of tens of thousands of mostly youthful pro-democracy protesters. Their 18-day demonstration in downtown Cairo earlier in the year led to the Feb. 11 resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled for 30 years.

Will the current turmoil in the Arab world turn out to be the best of times or the worst of times — the Arab Spring or the Arab Winter?

Not since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the turn to democracy of its Central and Eastern European satellite ...

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