Firstly, it is this author’s strong belief that the Arab Spring in Egypt has created a fundamentally good thing. Whereas before no level of democratic process typified the way in which the government ruled the people, as a result of the Arab Spring in Egypt, elections have been held, a president has been selected, a constitution drafted, and a representative parliament has been formed. As opposed to before where Mubarak’s dictatorship was a seemingly endless definition of the future of the nation, the people of Egypt are now able to take part in their own right to self-determination, sovereignty, and the democratic process (el Faki 1). In this way, the effect of the Arab Spring has been profound in helping a nation to modernize and realize a long-held wish that democracy would come to its inhabitants. The cons to such a process, of course, involve the painful transition to democracy. It is not the argument of this author that such a transition is without its drawbacks. Whereas Egypt has been controlled by one form of absolute monarch or dictator for the better part of the past several hundred years, providing a smooth and painless segue into a democracy would be all but impossible. The Changes in the Arab World as a Result of the Revolutions.
ReferenceDETTMER, J 2012, So much for the Arab Spring, Macleans, 125, 38, pp. 32-35, Business Source Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 10 December 2012.
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