NEWS + ANALYSIS
DANIELA E. RODRIGUEZ

NEWS + ANALYSIS

LESSONS FOR LATIN AMERICA FROM THE FAILURE OF THE EGYPTIAN ARAB SPRING

January 23, 2014 | by Daniela E. Rodriguez

As popular dissatisfaction in Argentina and Brazil grows over unprecedented political corruption, violations of basic rights, and government ineptitude, we may ask: Are there lessons that Latin Americans can learn from the failure of the Arab Spring in Egypt? The first lesson is more than clear: Democracy is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the stability of a country. The proof rests in the great speed with which a large group of alleged democracies in the region have become tyrannies of the majority. The second lesson will be a bit more difficult to grasp for people in South America, but it is certainly very helpful: What is needed for progress today is a healthy market economy and a strong rule of law.

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