Smith: Syria is on the brink of civil war. Democracy is being undermined in Egypt. Is the Arab Spring over?
- Smith: Are criticisms of the preliminary nuclear accord with Iran prescient or paranoid?
- Smith: Should the Canadian government spy on economic targets abroad and share that intelligence with Canadian corporations?
- Smith: Do extreme weather phenomena like Hurricane Sandy help or hinder a productive conversation about climate change?
Anybody who thought the SCAF would readily give way to an elected parliament or president was dreaming. This is a long term process. Just think how long it has taken in Turkey for the military to accept a civilian government (and one with Islamist inclinations to boot). Syria is, I fear, still in the early innings, with a very unclear outcome. The readiness to challenge repressive autocracies is much more widespread in the region, in part thanks to information technology. Stay tuned.