The Arab Tomorrow
Decades of drift have brought the Arab world to the edge of disaster. Entrenched regimes stifle reform, while oil, Islam, and social discontent mix in explosive combinations. Change is coming. The question is, who will lead it?
The Arab Tomorrow
The Arab world today is ruled by contradiction. Turmoil and stagnation prevail, as colossal wealth and hyper-modern cities collide with mass illiteracy and rage-filled imams. In this new diversity may lie disaster, or the makings of a better Arab future.
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