An Iraqi demonstrator carries the Iraqi flag during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
For the last three years, a bewildered world has watched the countdown to the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, better known as Brexit.From an Arab perspective, the UK's prolonged Brexit debate is not a sign of political breakdown.Arab world, by contrast, has witnessed at least one big Brexit-like event every decade since 1948 -- and these political, economic, and social ruptures never seem to heal.An entire Arab economy disappeared, and Israel was boycotted by its Arab neighbors.During the Arab Spring from 2010 to 2016, the region experienced an accelerated chain of Brexit-like events as protesters in several countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and, eventually, Iraq) sought freedom from regimes that many considered illegitimate.An Arab Spring 2.0 should therefore ignite a debate about the sort of economic future citizens want, how they interact with their own governments, and their countries' relations with neighbors. In short, after decades of their own dead-end Brexits, Arabs need to discuss the same issues that British voters have been addressing since the June 2016 referendum.Without some effort to depoliticize public policymaking and put social engagement before political enforcement, more Arab Brexits, and continued economic malaise, are a certainty.
How an AI Utopia would work
Smart approaches to immigration for Europe
The roots of Western tribalism
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE