After you dig down through the swirl of policy consequences, the geopolitical strategies, the impact on regional allies, and the history of support that the Mubarak regime has garnered from America, you end up with the Arab kids. How will they be affected? What will their politics be as a result? They may become a Generation of 2011, profoundly marked by this year’s experiences, aspirations, achievements and frustrations.
Five years of teaching undergrads in Doha, Qatar, has given me some appreciation for the conflicts of this generation and the deep ambivalence these produce. My students are overwhelmingly Muslim, mostly Arab, though they come from countries ranging from Bosnia to Bangladesh.… Seguir leyendo »