We shouldn’t apprehend inter-Arab conflicts in the near future, Egyptian expert

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ABU DHABI. February 26. KAZINFORM In Abu Dhabi, in the Emirate's Center for Strategic Studies and Research there was a lecture of Nabil Fahmi, the Dean of the international relations and public policy school of the American University in Cairo (Egypt).

The expert from Egypt, a former Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S., European Union and authoritative international organizations, had been invited to the Emirates to speak on Prospects of Inter-Arab Relations topic.

The subject is of interest to the experts, political scientists of the Middle East due to the fact that in the Arab world there have been some complications between the countries in the context of the so-called Arab Spring having swept three countries - Tunisia, Libya and Egypt in 2009.

The former Egyptian diplomat who is aware of the political situation believes that the Arabists should abandon the term Arab Spring, and use the word Revival. In his view, the climatic spring time in the East usually lasts for a short period of time and the awakening marks a long process, which is really going through Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.

Mr. Fahmi emphasized the fact that the events having shaken the Arab world identified the following major trends: no one in the Arab world can totally control the freedom of speech. That proves the high level of social communication via Internet in some Arab countries, none of the rulers can "isolate" from the society, the leaders of the states will have to communicate with the civilian population; and in the Middle East there will be enormous growth of the role of political Islam, which is expressed on the example of Muslim Brotherhood regional association, the majority of public events may be accompanied by people's coming out into the streets. Rallies and demonstrations have become notable in the political culture of the Arab world.

However, the expert predicts that the impact of Arab Spring will not lead to significant conflicts within the Arab countries. Moreover, "the country-revolutionaries" and other states will be forced to work together to find new common ground. And, in general, the Arab world should look for a new identity in the globalized world of the 21st century, says N.Fahmi.

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