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    Posted January 27, 2014 by
    Baltimore, Maryland
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    Ukraine unrest

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    Unrest in Ukraine fed by external pressure from Middle East/North African unrest

    It is clear to me, and most likely many others, that the recent unrest in the Ukraine (and Turkey) are indirect results of the external pressure felt from the neighboring Middle Eastern and North African countries that have experienced massive uprisings, revolutions, and general unrest.

    Though the direct causes of the recent unrest; a disconnect between Ukrainian citizens and their ruling body, and crack down on protesters in Turkey; are not extremely similar, it is without a doubt that external forces are at play.

    The likely hood of the unrest and uprisings in there two countries, Turkey and Ukraine, would be drastically decreased if it was not for the popularity of the "Arab Spring" and the revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. As the people of Ukraine and Turkey hear of, and are influenced by (economically or physically), the turmoil and civil upheaval in neighboring countries they receive a type of inspiration and hope from them.

    The governments of both Turkey and Ukraine are feeling this external pressure as well. Recent anti-protest laws ratified by the Ukrainian parliament, along with the crackdowns on protests in Turkey, are clear indications that the governments and ruling bodies are beginning to fear that any form of unrest may lead to political dissident and eventually mass uprising among its population. This fear, coupled with troubling economic conditions both domestically and internationally as well as worsening internal conditions, may be just enough reason for these governments to bring the hammer down at the first sign of unrest or public dissatisfaction.
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