In Libya, armed
militias have filled a void left by a revolution that felled a dictator. In
Syria, a popular uprising has morphed into a civil war that
has left more than 100,000 dead and provided a haven for Islamic extremists. In
Tunisia, increasingly bitter political divisions have delayed the drafting of a
And now in
Egypt, often considered the trendsetter of the Arab world, the army and
security forces, after having toppled the elected Islamist president, have
killed hundreds of his supporters, declared a state of emergency and worsened a
“I am not
writing these transitions off; I just think we’re heading into a period of
extreme unrest,” said Mona Yacoubian, a senior Middle East adviser at the
Stimson Center, a nonpartisan research group in Washington.
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