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A 21st-century Marshall Plan

We must support the Arab Spring with huge sums of money. It is in our own interests

By David Davis   July 2011

Pro-democracy protestors in Tahrir Square, 4th March. The west must act now to ensure their hopes are not crushed

While Yemen and Syria remain in turmoil, the white heat of violent revolution in north Africa has started to cool. There, the optimism and hope of the Arab Spring has given way to trepidation about what comes next. There is still unrest in Tunisia, and no date set for elections. Egypt is under military rule, its constitution suspended. Libya is locked in civil war.

If and when elections do happen in north Africa, few can predict the results. Some fear, with…

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