The only circumstances in which robust democracy can fill such a vacuum is if its building blocks have already been established. In a word, Arab Spring lacks a civic infrastructure.
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In the context of unfolding events in Egypt and throughout the region, Woodrow Wilson offers an important lesson for President Obama and his administration.
Obama's remarks to al-Arabiya showed a willingness to engage, to listen, and to move toward a dialogue where Arabs are spoken to not as victims or villains, but as partners.
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