The “Arab Spring” As Viewed by Three Non-Arab Neighbors
by Peter Riddell
Huge international media attention has fallen on the uprisings in the Arab world, collectively known as the Arab Spring, in recent months. Three key nations in the Middle East—Turkey, Iran and Israel—are, in fact, non-Arab (though all have significant Arab minorities), and their responses are worthy of consideration.
The Turkish secular republic, established in 1924 on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, was dominated by military or military-endorsed governments for its first 75 years, accompanied by an increasing orientation towards the West. However, governments led by the AK Party under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdog˘an during the first decade of the 21st century have been reshaping . . .
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Peter Riddell is Vice Principal-Academic at the Melbourne School of Theology in Australia, and a Senior Fellow of Kairos Journal.
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