British Foreign Secretary William Hague sees the Arab Spring as an opportunity to create a free-trade zone embracing Europe and the Arab world – but can he persuade other countries to share his vision?
During his time out of office, William Hague established a reputation as a successful historian, with weighty biographies of William Pitt the Younger and the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce to his name. So when he describes the Arab Spring as “the main event we have experienced so far in this century”, he deserves to be taken seriously.
The foreign secretary feels the importance of the Arab uprisings cannot be overstated
Mr Hague argues that the process of change which began with the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt will have a greater long-term impact than either the al-Qaeda attacks of 9/11 or the financial crisis of 2008.