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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Over time, the scale of the presidential election itself has given the office a kind of larger-than-life quality that was not the original intention.
The current generation of protesters must be urged to develop an organizational structure, supple as well as sophisticated, that does not repeat the mistakes of the past.
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