Western elites skeptical Arab Spring will bring democracy

20.05.2011                      16.Ijar, 5771                      Tag 31 des Omer

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Western elites skeptical Arab Spring will bring democracy

Poll shows most opinion-makers believe that Arabs aspire to democracy, but won’t get it; investment climate will become less favorable.

Opinion leaders in the US and Europe believe the mass protests of the Arab Spring are animated by a genuine desire for democracy and freedom, but they are skeptical about their prospects being achieved, according to an unusual poll that surveyed the view of leading figures in government, the media, law academia and non-government organizations.
About three quarters of the 343 opinion leaders surveyed said that anti-government protestors were motivated by “democratic aspirations” rather than “religious influence,” and shared the same democratic aspiration of other people around the world. But asked whether they regarded the revolutions risk being “captured by the familiar forces of authoritarianism,” some 56 percent said they agreed strongly or somewhat….