Democracy is , after all , a very radical departure from centuries - old Arab
political traditions of authoritarianism and political apathy . Although not
characteristic of Islam per se , these qualities do create a very real , though by no
Author: Muhammad Faour
Publisher: US Institute of Peace Press
"Drawing on a wide range of Arabic and Western sources and his own experiences, and providing in-depth comparisons of six key Arab states--Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia--Faour challenges the notion that Desert Storm solved more problems than it created. The human costs, he demonstrates have been appalling. The economic costs have likewise been enormous. And the already precarious state of inter-Arab relations has atomized, with old disputes reviving and new antipathies thriving. What the Gulf War did not change was the potential for political instability. Although authoritarian regimes remained intact, the war both spurred popular demands for democracy and encouraged militant Islamic movements"--back cover.