“Has the uprising in Tunisia sparked a new democratic wave that will conquer Egypt and eventually sweep away the authoritarian ‘Arab exception’?” Álvaro de Vasconcelos seems to think so. In The Roar of the Democratic Wave, his newest piece for Project Syndicate, Vasconcelos discusses the role the international community and world leaders should play in Egypt’s democratic revolution.
On January 25th of this year, inspired by Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution,” protestors in Egypt took to the streets in protest of poverty, unemployment, government corruption and the authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak has been the autocratic leader of Egypt for 30 years and is refusing to step down. Instead the government has shut down the internet, restricted access to Al Jazeera and employed the military in an effort to quell the revolts.