The Tunisian prime minister has just ended a series of high-level meetings in Washington. Coming amid domestic calls for cutting U.S. foreign aid to a number of countries, including Tunisia, there is little doubt as to what would have been on Mr. Youssef Chahed’s agenda.
In his 2016 book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, George Washington University political-science professor Marc Lynch notes, "This book has been painful to write" (p. 255).
During Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972, Premier Zhou Enlai famously declined to answer a question about the historical impact of the French Revolution, protesting that it was still too early to draw firm conclusions.
The title The New Arabs may not mean much to many in the West who are just as unfamiliar with the old Arabs, but whether in the Middle East or in the West, the topic of the millennial generation is trending.
In late 2011, the Obama administration with great fanfare announced its intention to “pivot” (subsequently characterized as a “rebalance”) to Asia as a foreign-policy and national-security priority.
In the wake of massive demonstrations in 2010 that led to the so-called Arab Spring, scholars from a variety of disciplines have sought to explain the phenomenon of authoritarianism in the Middle East.