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Vidar Helgesen is minister of EEU and EU affairs in Norway. He formerly served as special advisor to the president of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva (1998-2001), as deputy minister of foreign affairs of Norway (2001-05), and as secretary-general of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) (2005-13)
The popular revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in the middle east are driven by a profound democratic impulse....