Document Type



International Relations | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


Published in Geopolitica Volume 9, Number 43 (2011). 25-28.


Behold Arab Spring! Nature abhors political vacuums. Machiavelli himself recognized the brutal nature of what is apt to fill such a vacuum. Abraham Lincoln anticipated this problem even in America in his early Lyceum Address by envisioning the rise of an American Napoleon. The question is whether the willingness to sacrifice for the sake of a cause measures up to or falls far short of the worthiness of the cause itself.