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On Eve of Foreign Debate, Growing Pessimism about Arab Spring Aftermath | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

As next week’s third and final presidential debate on foreign policy approaches, a national survey by the Pew Research Center finds increasing public pessimism about developments in the Middle East and more support for tough policies to deal with Iran’s nuclear program and economic issues with China. However, there is no change in the consensus in support for ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.

Doubts have spread about the political direction of countries swept up in the Arab Spring protests that began almost two years ago. Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) do not believe the changes in the Middle East will lead to lasting improvements for people living in the affected countries, up sharply from 43% in April 2011.

And a majority of Americans (54%) continue to say it is more important to have stable governments in the Middle East, even if there is less democracy in the region. Just 30% say democratic governments are more important, even if there is less stability.

via On Eve of Foreign Debate, Growing Pessimism about Arab Spring Aftermath | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

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Egypt’s Military Cements Its Powers as Voting Ends – NYTimes.com

The Muslim Brotherhood on Monday projected its candidate as the winner of Egypt’s first competitive presidential election, hours after the ruling military council issued …

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U.S. Military Aid to Egypt to Resume, Officials Say – NYTimes.com

The Obama administration plans to resume military aid to Egypt, American officials said on Thursday, signaling its willingness to remain deeply engaged …

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Syria: Moscow rules | The Economist

SO MANY remarkable things have sprung from the Arab Spring that it’s possible to overlook that, in addition to toppling aged tyrants and now menacing a more youthful one, it has accomplished something that decades of communism could not: warmth between China and Russia. At the nadir of that relationship, which came between Krushchev’s denunciation of Stalin and the Prague Spring, Chairman Mao accused his Russian counterpart of …

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Live Coverage of the 2012 State of the Union – NYTimes.com

The administration’s response to the political uprisings last year known as the Arab Spring was, by design, episodic. Each country experiencing upheaval, officials said, required unique American responses – from military intervention in Libya to sanctions against Syria, from supportive diplomacy in Egypt and Bahrain to near silence when it came to …

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