A decade ago rebellions roiled the region with great hope that democracy would take root. What went wrong?
Ten years ago in these months the Middle East was convulsed by a series of rebellions that started out with great hope for the region. A decade later those lofty aspirations for the people of Arab nations to finally overturn tyranny and place power in their own hands, has all but been dashed.
What happened? The threat of democracies breaking out around their monarchies was dire for the Gulf Arab states. The U.S.-led West, adept at using rhetoric about democracy to hide its ulterior motives, intervened to secure its interests and to try to kill off the remnants
of Nasserism in the region.
Professor of political science and Consortium News columnist As’ad Abukhalil and Quincy Institute analyst Annelle Sheline join CN Live! hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria to probe how the so-called Arab Spring began and where the Middle East is a decade later. In addition to an overview of the region, the program will delve into the specifics of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen as well as the role governments in the West and the Arab Gulf have played.
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