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Arab Spring, Global Repercussions

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Soon after the first uprisings of the Arab Spring, observers wondered what impact the events in North Africa and the Middle East would have beyond the Arab world. Though sharing many of the demographic characteristics of the Arab Spring states, sub-Saharan Africa diverges in key ways that make an African Spring seem unlikely. China, too, faces little risk of contagion, but Beijing has been forced to adapt its outdated Middle East policy to rapidly changing circumstances. And across the Mediterranean, Europe risks missing an opportunity to more effectively engage the region due to an instinctive fear of political Islam.

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