As I write it seems likely that the Libyan rebels are about to finally oust Gaddafi and take control of the country. This would mean that Libya would join Egypt and Tunisia in ousting their dictator and introducing a new form of popular government. Across North Africa and the Middle East dictatorial regimes have either been toppled or been forced into making major political and economic concessions. This must be the largest period of mass political protest since the events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Those events ushered in a new era, leading some to argue that the spread of democracy and globalisation were inevitable. So what will the Arab Spring mean for global politics and economics?