July 5, 2012, 1:51 p.m.
FRIDE, the European think tank for global action, has released a policy brief titled "Sectarianism after Arab Spring: An Exaggerated Spectre." In this policy brief, author Barah Mikaïl argues that the Arab Spring has opened up new avenues for regional tensions to manifest within the Middle East and North Africa. However, some leaders in the region have played up these sectarian fears in order to help preserve their power in the face of a changing MENA region. Barah Mikaïl contends that the international community should stop viewing MENA region through a "sectarian prism" and instead should focus on helping preserve internal cohesion in different nation-states.