Inevitable Democracy in the Arab World: New Realities in an by Wissam S. Yafi (auth.)

By Wissam S. Yafi (auth.)

Wissam S. Yafi argues that there are 4 dynamics resulting in inevitable swap within the Arab area: geopolitical, geoeconomic, geosocial, and technological. Yafi involves the belief that no approach may be capable of help the dynamics in position apart from democracy.

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Inevitable Democracy in the Arab World: New Realities in an Ancient Land

Wissam S. Yafi argues that there are 4 dynamics resulting in inevitable swap within the Arab area: geopolitical, geoeconomic, geosocial, and technological. Yafi involves the belief that no process may be in a position to help the dynamics in position with the exception of democracy.

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3 Regardless of this anomaly, the fact remains that regional mass communication today is remarkably different than what it was a mere two decades ago. Revolutionized by news from the likes of Al-Jazeera with contentious daily broadcasts, discussions and debates, the Arab world today has shown that it is not only ready, but also willing to tackle its major issues through open debate: The popularity of Al-Jazeera and its talk shows is a testament that the Arab world is prepared to embrace meaningful discussion on contentious issues.

The fact that many viewers were not living inside Egypt gave them the liberty to make those kinds of statements on Al-Jazeera. While those in Egypt may have been fearful of voicing such criticism on air, expatriate Egyptians as well as other Arabs living elsewhere and watching the live show did not garner this fear. In Al-Jazeera, they found an open platform to freely voice their opinions, and the entire region was there to listen. At no time has this been more significant than during wartime coverage.

After all China and India have the largest populations in the world and yet have sustained growth rates in excess of 5 percent for the past decade. In fact, some regions in the world have benefited from such demographic “gifts” by absorbing the growing population and increasing economic expansion. Such has been the case in Southeast Asia and Latin America over the past two decades. Unfortunately, in the Arab world this has not been the case. For, paralleling this demographic explosion has been a reversal of economic fortunes.

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