Should the U.S. adopt a uniform approach to the conflicts in the Arab Spring

Discussion Issue

The U.S. should continue to employ and individualized approach to the conflicts in the Arab Spring and not use a uniform approach. This is because every country in conflict in the Arab Spring is different in terms of dynamics and circumstance and having one uniform approach could be inadequate to the country in conflict as well as for the US interests.

Considering the circumstances in a few countries involved in the Arab Spring conflict, it will be easy to understand why an individualized approach is better than a uniform approach. For instance, Egypt has a large population and no oil income but the authoritarian regimes have used the country’s powerful military to engage in mass human rights violation. The individualized approach has led to the US withholding military and other aid to Egypt over human rights violation. Whereas the US does not support either an authoritarian or democratic regime, the US policy in Egypt is stability as long as the current regimes do not engage in human rights violation (Keiswetter, 2012).

In Yemen and Syria, the current regimes continue to engage in mass human rights violations and for Syria, the situation is currently worse than it was in 2012. The US policy for these two countries has remained individualized whereby in Yemen, the US has been supporting the Saudi-led campaign and in Syria, the US has kept its distance (Cockburn, 2018). In another instance, the US kept its distance in Libya until the regime was overthrown and since then, the US has been promoting democracy.

Evidently, the circumstances and dynamics in each of the Arab country are different in terms of the situation in the country and the US interests. The US should continue using an individualized approach to continue safeguarding its interests and also discourage human rights violation.


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