Jobs First, Then Peace

Why we shouldn't give up on the Arab Spring

Dominic Nahr / Magnum for TIME

Protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square in February

When I talk to people in Egypt, I still hear a lot of optimism about the revolution — and plenty of concern that progress isn't coming soon enough. People want good democracy yesterday, and they want a good lifestyle by tomorrow. But that's not going to happen because the economy just isn't there yet. It's really been crippled by the revolution. Tourism has dried up, and investors don't want to put in capital when they don't know where the country is going.

When we talk about the Arab Spring, we talk about democracy, about nations rising up to demand representation from...

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