Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13's Advice to Arab Spring Countries

Four Arab Democrats and a Constitutional Scholar Walk Into a Bar
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Foreign Policy
May 6, 2013

Barkeep! Five araks over here, please. Plus some tabouli and figs. What's that? Oh sorry, my mistake. Let's make that one arak, four iced teas ... Actually, forget the arak. Make mine a Cuba Libré. Virgin. Thanks. 

So tonight we're toasting you, Tunisia, for finally finishing your draft constitution. Sure, I realize that this is not the end of the story. You've still got some unresolved issues (and some opposition leaders crying foul about alleged changes smuggled into the text). But your constitutional process still remains the best in class. As my friend Taufiq Rahim recently put it: "[Tunisia] is the place where there is a potential for change, new ideas, and a new direction for the Arab world." 

Bottoms up! 

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