Terrible rulers, sullen populations, a terrorist fringe—the Arabs’ exceptionalism was becoming not just a human disaster but a moral one. Then, a frustrated Tunisian fruit vendor summoned his fellows to a new history, and millions heeded his call. The third Arab awakening came in the nick of time, and it may still usher in freedom.
Date of Publication
Ajami, Fouad. “The Arab Spring at One: A Year of Living Dangerously.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 91, no. 2, 2012, pp. 56–65.