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Ben Ali

The Good Autocrat

A stark contrast exists between the tyrannical rulers of the Middle East and the benign despots of East Asia. The precepts of Enlightenment thought dictate freedom for all, but Confucian leaders offer a heretical alternative to Western ideals.


The Myth of the Arab State

Across the Middle East, states are becoming decentralized and fragmented.

Tunisia and the Clash Within Civilizations

The killing of an opposition leader highlights thunderous struggles within the Arab world. 

Tunisia Is No Exception

Ordinary people are beginning to think the social fiber itself is deteriorating.


The Kuwaiti Model

Compared to what's happening in the rest of the Middle East, Kuwait's gradual move toward a constitutional monarchy is a welcome change.

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April 19, 2014