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Insight Turkey > Issues | From Arab Spring to Syrian Quagmire - Spring 2012 / Volume 14, Number 2

From Arab Spring to Syrian Quagmire



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Spring 2012
As the spring issue of Insight Turkey goes to print the Middle East nears another great crisis or even a war. The Syrian quagmire may be the current harbinger of full-out war in the region. It has been a year since the uprisings started. The Syrian regime met the peaceful demonstrations of its people with violent and bloody repression. The Arab spring, it seems at the moment, got stuck in Syria where President Bashar Assad confronted the demands of his people for change with a violent crackdown. The well-known “mukhabarat state” of Syria did not bow to “people power,” at least for the time being. 


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