Rising education, easier travel, new communications media, and liberalizing voices are quickly making the Arab “street” a true “public sphere”—a force with which governments, and the West, will have to reckon. The good news, argues a scholar of the Muslim world, is that channels exist by which the West can address the Arab public. But that public, better informed, will be quick to notice gaps between statement and action.
Eickelman, Dale F.
"The Arab “Street” and the Middle East’s Democracy Deficit,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 55
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol55/iss4/5