Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University examines how U.S. policy has affected and may continue to affect democracy in the Middle East. He looks at the history of democracy in the Middle East from the invasion of Iraq, which he says, "set back the cause of democracy in the Arab world" to today's protests.
Khalidi says that "every one of the regimes that's being challenged today, whether in Yemen, in Tunis in Jordan or in Egypt has been strongly supported by the United States. Including in its repressive actions." As protests continue, what should be role of the United States?