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‘Arab Spring’ Stirs U.S. Worries After Year of Turmoil

A year after the so-called Arab Spring blossomed in Tunisia and spread with enthusiastic Western support, developments in the region signal a protracted crisis that could threaten Arab-Israeli peace, world oil supplies and the U.S. fight against terrorism.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and other foreign ministers in New York yesterday to discuss how to tailor support for countries such as Syria, Libya, Yemen and Egypt. Clinton called for international “norms” of free association, assembly and expression that are integral to democracy, yet a different dynamic is playing out across the Arab world.