How Not to Support Democracy in the Middle East

Zunes, Stephen
June 2009
Foreign Policy in Focus;6/8/2009, p1
The author reflects on what he sees as the failure of U.S. President Barack Obama to express his support to the freedom and democracy in the Middle East during his speech in Cairo, Egypt. He cites the frustration of several Arabs and Muslims because Obama was not able to use the opportunity to urge the Saudi and Egyptian leaders to end their repression and reveal their corrupt and autocratic political systems. He cites that the president engaged in symbolic efforts to show a concern for human rights while he was in Egypt.


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