In Lebanon and Beyond, Sad Times for Reformers

Ghitis, Frida
November 2006
World Politics Review (19446284);11/22/2006, p3
This article focuses on the future that will be faced by new Middle East Arab reformers as Pierre Gemayel, a critic of Syrian interference in Lebanon, was murdered while the U.S. prepares to replace Middle East democratization with a return to old-style realpolitik. According to the author, reformist Arabs who have risked their lives to bring a version of liberal democracy, or at least a little more freedom, to the Middle East experienced a brief interlude of optimism before the Iraq war began looking like a catastrophe.


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