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Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs


As the violent anti-American protests in the Muslim world subside, those in the region and in the U.S. are wondering whether the upheaval will have a permanent effect. Although by no means inevitable, these events could have a silver lining. If they spur leaders in North Africa to reassess their economic and security policies -- - or if they prod America to lean toward rather than away from North Africa -- the region could end up being better off than it was before it erupted on Sept. 11, 2012.


O'Sullivan, Meghan. "Muslim Anger Could Spur Economic Growth." Bloomberg, October 2, 2012.