Marwan Muasher: "The Second Arab Awakening"

Egyptians wave the national flag and hold up pictures of Defense Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a gathering in General Abdel Monim Riyad square at the edges of Cairo's Tahrir square on January 25, 2014. A spate of deadly bombings put Egyptian police on edge as supporters and opponents of the military-installed government take part in rival rallies for the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.  - (AHMED TARANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptians wave the national flag and hold up pictures of Defense Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a gathering in General Abdel Monim Riyad square at the edges of Cairo's Tahrir square on January 25, 2014. A spate of deadly bombings put Egyptian police on edge as supporters and opponents of the military-installed government take part in rival rallies for the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

(AHMED TARANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Marwan Muasher: "The Second Arab Awakening"

Jordan’s former ambassador to the U-S explains why democracy has failed to take root in Egypt, Syria and Libya after the Arab Spring. How to build democracy in the Arab world.

Each day the headlines from the Arab world get worse: bombings in Egypt where the army is jailing journalists and secular activists ... Al-Qaida takes control of cities in Iraq ... Militant Islamists aided by foreign fighters join the civil war in Syria. What’s going on? Marwan Muasher, a veteran diplomat and scholar, says the Middle East is a highly diverse region with Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Christians and various tribes. He argues in a new book that the only way the political uprisings in Arab nations will result in positive change is if governments tolerate dissent and embrace different sectarian strains.

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Marwan Muasher

vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, overseeing research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. He is a former Senator in the Jordanian Parliament, he also served as Deputy Prime Minister in charge of reform (2004-2005), Foreign Minister (2002-2004), Ambassador to the U.S. (1997-2002), Minister of Information (1996-1997), Ambassador to Israel (1995-1996), and spokesman to the Middle East peace talks (1991-1994).

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Excerpted from "The Second Arab Awakening: And the Battle for Pluralism" by Marwan Muasher. Copyright © 2014 by Marwan Muasher. Excerpted by permission of Yale University Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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