Fareed Zakaria: Post-Communist Lessons for the New Middle EastRoundup: Media's Take
Fareed Zakaria hosts CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show.
As Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya transition from dictatorship to democracy, you'd think they'd look to America as a model for their new governments. But they don't. America is still too controversial in the Arab world.
Instead, many of the countries transformed by the Arab Spring are looking in a surprising place for inspiration.
Where is this new city on a hill?
Take a look at the man landing at the airport in Tunis, Tunisia: It's Lech Walesa. He's the man whose actions 30 years ago in the Gdansk shipyard in Poland helped cause Communism to crumble across Eastern Europe. Walesa was in Tunisia to pass on the lessons he had learned.
In fact, Poland is a good model for these countries...
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