Just over a year ago, the Arab Spring sparked dramatic change
throughout the region. Popular movements have brought a range of
Islamist political parties to power, replacing the largely secular
former regimes. What that will mean for these countries, and for the
region, is one of today’s central geopolitical questions.
In North Africa, two Islamist parties have come fully to power via
democratic elections: Ennahda (Renaissance) in Tunisia, where the Arab
Spring began, and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) in Morocco,
both of which now lead new coalition governments.
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