Middle East will not convert to democracy

We must rid ourselves of the arrogant delusion that the West can impose its values across the Arab world

11th October, 2015

Having visited a number of Arab countries including Syria prior to the so-called Arab Spring, and having considered the outcome of western military interventions in the Arab world, I have come to a few conclusions about which I am increasingly confident.

First, the idea that western-style, liberal democracy is somehow going to take root and flourish in Arab countries is not merely idiocy; it is a dangerous idiocy.

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