Trifkovic Lecture in Rockford: Myth of the Arab Spring
Join us for an evening of hands-on analysis and discussion:
The Myth of the Arab Spring
featuring Dr. Srdja Trifkovic
Foreign Affairs Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture
Thursday, May 31, 2012 • Reception at 5:30 P.M. • Buffet Dinner at 6:15 P.M. • Lecture and Discussion at 7:00 P.M.
The Irish Rose Saloon • 519 East State Street • Rockford, Illinois
Since December 2010 the mainstream media from NPR to FOX News has held forth enthusiastically about a new age of democracy that is transforming the Arab world.
That a new mix of political forces is taking over the Arab world is not in doubt. An optimist might say that it still remains to be seen whether it is not a more virulent strain of Islam that will make the people of Tunis, Egypt and Libya today, and perhaps Syria tomorrow, regret the demise of the dictators brought down with the aid of the United States. A realist might respond that the transformation is well advanced and probably irreversible. Either way, the evidence in favor of Western-syle liberal democracy establishing itself where it has never existed is hardly compelling.
What is increasingly clear is that the Christian remnant in the Arab world, which had enjoyed a degree of protection under authoritarian regimes, faces a grim future as forces and factions anchored in the teaching of Islam compete for political control in North Africa and the Middle East.
Is there any logic to American foreign policy in the region? If there is, what are its motives and objectives—and who are the true beneficiaries of that policy?
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