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J O U R N A L
OREIGN ERVICE
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P
RESIDENT
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V
IEWS
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Time for FSOs to Stand Up
for the Foreign Service
By Susan R. Johnson
R
EFLECTIONS
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Skylab Descends
By Peter Wolcott
L
ETTERS
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8
C
YBERNOTES
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9
M
ARKETPLACE
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B
OOKS
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I
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M
EMORY
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NDEX TO
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DVERTISERS
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M A Y 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
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C
ONTENTS
May 2012 Volume 89, No. 5
F
O C U S O N
T h e A r a b S p r i n g
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RAB
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PRING
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RIMER
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Events in the Middle East over the past year have set in
motion a realignment that could prove truly transformational.
By Allen Keiswetter
T
HE
A
RAB
M
EDIA
S
S
HAKY
A
WAKENING
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19
After breathtaking expansion of their freedoms, the media now
reflect the unsteady advance of democracy in the Middle East.
By Robert J. McMahon
W
OMEN AND THE
A
RAB
S
PRING
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24
One of the chief lessons of the past year in the
Middle East is that democracy is everyone’s business.
By Melanne Verveer
T
UNISIA
S
I
DENTITY
C
RISIS
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27
Tunisians are attempting to reconcile the role of religion
in what had been a staunchly secular society.
By Victoria Taylor
M
ARGINAL
N
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L
ONGER
: N
EW
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PENINGS IN THE
M
AGHREB
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31
The Arab Spring has given North Africa greater saliency for U.S.
policymakers, inviting more concentrated attention to that region.
By William Jordan
F
E A T U R E
U
NDERSTANDING
E
CONOMICS
: A T
OP
D
OZEN
W
ONKISMS
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37
Economics doesn’t have to be a dismal science,
as this tongue-in-cheek guide demonstrates.
By Stephan S. Thurman
Cover Photo by
Mohammed Abed/
AFP/Getty Images