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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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Why the Rise and Outcome of a Chinese Awakening are Hard to Predict?

by Ehsan Ahrari on March 13, 2011, No Comments

If the Chinese leaders read Francis Fukuyama's latest essay, "Is China Next?," they should come away with ample mixed feelings.  As much as he relied on a variety of well-chosen variables to develop a highly rational analysis about why China may not be the next country to experience the Chinese version of the Arab awakening (and this part of his argument should please the rulers of China), Fukuyama's most persuasive argument in his essay was the following: "All social revolutions are driven by intense anger over injured dignity, an anger that is sometimes crystallized by a single incident or image that mobilizes previously disorganized individuals and binds them into a community. We can quote statistics on education or job growth, or dig into our knowledge of a society's history and culture, and yet completely miss the way that social consciousness is swiftly evolving through a myriad of text messages, shared videos or simple conversations."  This observation should make them lose a
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Why China Should Fear the Arab Awakening

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 23, 2011, No Comments

The Arab awakening is about the yearning of people to be free, to be able to enjoy a decent standard of living, and, above all, to be governed effectively by responsive leaders.  Of these, the Chinese people are deprived of two requirements.  Even regarding a decent standard of living, the evidence in China is mixed, at best.  If there is one lesson that the autocratic leader of the PRC should learn from the Arab awakening is to be highly proactive in fulfilling these requirements before they are expressed through another bloody uprising in Tiananmen Square.  But dictatorships are never known to be proactive or adaptable.  That is why their fall is so chaotic and bloody. (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…)