Austin: If 9/11 defined the last decade, will the Arab Spring define the next? By: Jack Austin , / September 13, 2011 By: Jack Austin Former Senator from British Columbia, special advisor to Stern Partners Inc Austin: What was the most significant development in international affairs this year? Austin: What impact has Nelson Mandela had on your life? Austin: Should Western governments cut off aid to Egypt? No, it will be the global economy.