Influencing Development in the Arab World

Amid the constant stream of news coming from the Arab revolutions, Harvard Kennedy School professor Nicholas BurnsForeign Policy Editor-in-Chief David Rothkopf, and Chairman of the Institute’s Middle East Programs Toni Verstandig stepped back at the Ideas Festival to examine how far the region has come in the 18 months since the Arab Spring began, and its prospects for the future.

“Contrast the hope of January 2011 with today,” Burns said. “Many of those dreams haven’t yet been realized. But there is some hope—Tunisia, Morocco, to some extent Jordan, and possibly Egypt, are countries moving in the right direction. Syria and Yemen, obviously not.”

For more, read Elizabeth’s article in The Aspen Idea.

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