Whether the unrest from Tunisia to Egypt will result in democracy is unclear, but the Arab media is celebrating nonetheless—and taking away a few key lessons about entrenched regimes across the region.
Salameh Nematt is an international writer for The Daily Beast. He is the former Washington bureau chief for the international Arab daily Al Hayat, where he reported on US foreign policy, the war in Iraq, and the US drive for democratization in the broader Middle East. He has also written extensively on regional and global energy issues and their political implications.
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