While undoubtedly important for the Tunisian people, the larger question is whether Tunisia could turn out to be the Poland of the Arab world: the first transition away from a regime long thought to be immutable that sets in motion a path of regime change throughout the region.
Will 2011 be the next 1989? | The Monkey Cage
An interesting rundown of similarities—and differences—between the ongoing protests across the Middle East in 2011 (which many people suggest may be an “Arab Spring”) & the rapid (and unexpected) collapse of the communist bloc in 1989. Very useful for any discussion on cross-regional comparisons or on transitional dynamics.