Signs of the times – “A new order in the Middle East”

Looking back over the past seven years and the upheavals generated by the so-called “Arab Spring”, it is interesting to see how the hopes of millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa were quickly dashed.

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Protesters march on Avenue Habib Bourguiba in downtown Tunis, angry over unemployment, rising prices and corruption, 14 Jan 2011. (VOA Photo/L. Bryant)

A recent article entitled, “The New Arab Order: Power and Violence in Today’s Middle East” by Marc Lynch in Foreign Affairs (September / October 2018), has pointed out that

“the upheaval did in fact create a new Arab order – just not the one most people expected. Although the Arab uprisings did not result in successful new democracies, they did reshape regional relations.

The Persian Gulf’s coastline skirts seven Arab countries on its western shores and Iran to the east. (Oman’s Musandam peninsula meets the gulf at the Strait of Hormuz.)

The traditional great powers – Egypt, Iraq, and Syria – are now barely functional states. Wealthy and repressive Gulf countriesQatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – are thriving. The proliferation of failed and weakened states has created new opportunities for competition and intervention, favouring new actors and new capabilities”.

He points out that

“there is no shortage of flashpoints in the region”


“security dilemmas”

are everywhere.

The picture may seem gloomy and even bewildering from man’s point of view, but the divine solution associated with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, revealed in the pages of scripture for thousands of years, is surely near at hand.

– With thanks to Brother Roger Long


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  1. The Arab Spring: Actors, Public Opinion and Social Change
  2. Civil Rights and Political Disenfranchisement in el-Sisi’s Egypt
  3. Lebanon’s change since the Arab Spring: collateral damage of neighbouring Syria
  4. The Arab Spring: From Tunisia to the Middle East
  5. Eight years on: Failure to change Tunisia
  6. Is the Arab Spring Still Alive in Jordan?
  7. Syrian Rebels Agree to Give Up Daraa, Cradle of 2011 Revolt
  8. Tunisia: Trials opened over the killings of Arab Spring dissidents
  9. Syria war shifting gears as it enters eighth year
  10. Libya an Obstacle on Tunisia’s Path to Stability
  11. Canada as the latest “victim” of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy aggression
  12. Hegemony Is Never Complete: Using Gramsci to Understand the Arab Uprisings
  13. Arab Spring Latest: Tunisia Aims for Higher Education Export Boom! #highered
  14. From prison: Stars and the world
  15. From Tahrir to Trump: how the internet became the dictators’ home turf
  16. Syria and Yemen Could Have Been Jordan
  17. How Obama and Netanyahu Overplayed Their Hand in The “Arab Spring”
  18. Assad enters revolution’s cradle, but Syrian war far from over
  19. Intense government bombing of south Syria opposition holdout
  20. A last showdown looms over Syrian opposition stronghold
  21. Erratic Erdogan must rediscover his golden touch

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