Arab Awakening, Act II | Power & Policy

Arab Awakening, Act II

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

By Nicholas Burns

In my Nov. 25 Boston Globe column, “Arab Awakening, Act 2”, I warn that, nearly one year since the start of reform and revolution across the Arab world, the region may turn more turbulent and violent in the months ahead.

In Syria, Bashar al Assad’s brutality has turned peaceful protestors into an incipient rebel army.  The civil war that is now unfolding has potentially grave consequences for Lebanon, Israel, Iran and the rest of the region.

The continued crises in Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain add to the challenges for President Obama who has supported reformers in Cairo, Tunis and Tripoli while carefully maintaining ties to more conservative leaders in the Gulf.   This U.S. balancing act may now become more difficult in the year ahead.

About Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for programs on the Middle East, and on India and South Asia. He served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008, leading the effort to reshape U.S. relations with India. Previously, he was U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Full bio >

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