Sunday, June 19, 2011

U.S. groups helped nurture Arab uprisings

Even as the United States poured billions of dollars into foreign military programs & anti-terrorism campaigns, 
a small core of American government-financed organizations were promoting democracy in authoritarian Arab states.

The money spent on these programs was minute compared with efforts led by the Pentagon. But as American officials and others look back at the uprisings of the Arab Spring, they are seeing that the United States’ democracy-building campaigns played a bigger role in fomenting protests than was previously known, with key leaders of the movements having been trained by the Americans in campaigning, organizing through new media tools and monitoring elections.

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