Middle Eastern States: Crisis and Comeback Politique étrangère, Vol. 83, No. 1, Spring 2018
The Arab Spring has shaken dysfunctional states that were built upon the recurrent use of violence.
However, it has also brought about reforms in those states that have held out, as well as leading to the rediscovery of the virtues of effective states in countries that have initiated democratic transition, including attention to the demands of minorities. The West is ill-prepared for this renewal of demands upon the state, which should firstly involve the reconstruction of societies.
Dorothée Schmid is Senior Research Fellow and Head of Ifri’s Turkey Program.