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The Synonymity Between Dispensability and Decline

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 22, 2013, No Comments

In his second inaugural address in January 1997, President Bill Clinton stated, "America stands alone as the world's indispensable nation."[1]  Since then, that phrase has been used on a regular basis.  America, as an indispensable nation, underscores its dominance in resolving conflicts of all portions since the end of World War II.    It has been a major enabler of global economic stability and prosperity of Western Europe and Japan, and, most important of all, it contained the former Soviet Union–playing a crucial role in bringing about its eventual implosion.  (more…)
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Crushing a Social Movement: Maybe in Your Dreams!

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 19, 2011, No Comments

China is not the only country that has been apprehensive about a possible eruption of the Arab Awakening-like social movement that could threaten its regime.  Russia and the Central Asian states – especially the latter – are even more afraid of the birth of such a movement.  They think that they can crush a social movement if or when it arises inside their respective borders, and they are taking a number of ostensibly proactive measures.  The Central Asian states are afraid because of the commonality of a number of variables between them and the Arab countries, where the Arab Awakening continues to look inexorable. (more…)
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The Arab Awakening as the End of Arab “Exceptionalism”

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 27, 2011, No Comments

The best promise of the Arab awakening is that, if the ouster of dictators were to lead to democratic governance, the Arab world will be truly freed from all manifestations of the remnant of neo-imperialism.  Arab Exceptionalism, the concept that democratic rule was not meant for Arab regions, is proving itself to be wrong.  In reality, it was as wrong as it was racist.  The Arab autocrats promoted it, but the realpolitik of the West in its uncritical acceptance of it was also responsible for its sustenance throughout the post-World War II era. (more…)
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The Sino-American Infowar And The New “Freedom Agenda”

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 17, 2011, No Comments

The idea of using social networks to bring about political change is the brainchild of the cyber freedom fighters of North Africa and Middle East. After watching its effectiveness, the United States has brazenly adopted it. It has opened up its own tweeting blogs to communicate with the Chinese, Iranian, and Arab masses. Hillary Clinton has been giving speeches on the issue of the Internet freedom. The Department of State has also set up twitter accounts in Arabic and Farsi to reach the Middle Eastern bloggers. America is peddling the new 'freedom agenda' through the use of the Internet and Tweeting. (more…)
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The Internet Revolution and The Status Quo Powers

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 16, 2011, No Comments

Everyone, including the Obama administration and leaders in Beijing, has been awe-struck by the rising tide of "people power," that is showing its enormous potential through the use of the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and social networks in a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries. Two Arab countries have experienced quick regime change, and many more are experiencing turbulence that promises further transformation of governments. (more…)
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What If Al-Jazeera Could Cover a Mega Protest Movement in China?

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 11, 2011, No Comments

Watching al-Jazeera's audacious coverage of the rapid regime change in Tunisia and the slow and painstaking change in Egypt, one wonders what would happen if it were to have a similar opportunity to cover any political protests in China. This a legitimate question because, a couple of months ago, no one would have dreamt of the kind of political turbulence and anger currently simmering – aside from Tunisia and Egypt – in Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, and even Saudi Arabia. All of these autocratic polities have been ruled by aging dictators and kings for the past several decades. Some of these countries have chronic economic problems, but all of them are places with the highest degree of corruption, graft, unemployment, and bad governance. (more…)