Revolutions rack a region going country to county overturning entrenched dictators, and their autocratic governments, threatening stability in the mean time. Certainly that’s ripped out of the current headlines, so I thought back to the last time we saw this headline. Europe 1989: Polish protesters force relatively open elections. Hungary opens its border to the west. Huge protest rock Beijing. The people of Germany tear down the Berlin wall. The parallels here are not to be underestimated.
A few lessons we can take from this period and apply to current times.
- Not all revolutions will be immediately successful (China)
- Possibility of humanitarian disaster is high and should be monitored (Yugoslavia)
- The revolutions could play out over a many years (USSR)
- Overall the revolutions are successful and in the long-term bring great prosperity to the countries (Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, East Germany)
Here’s wishing the best to the Arab World!