Where America Stands on Democracy in the Middle East

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

An Egyptian army Captain identified as Ihab Fathi holds the national flag while being carried by demonstrators during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo on January 31, 2011. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The United States is performing a difficult balancing act in how to respond to the tumult in Egypt. The Obama administration was quick to show support for protesters who are pushing for democratic reform in the Middle East, but hasn't forcefully called for the end to Mubarak's regime.

Stephen Kinzer, professor of international relations at Boston University, helps us understand exactly what the Obama administration's position is on the spread of democracy in the Middle East.

Guests:

Stephen Kinzer

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [3]

judyhershon

Egyptians are risking their lives demonstrating for democracy altho they as yet must develoop appropriate civil institutions which hopefully will open their society to true liberal values. They yearn for what Israel is and have been fed by Mubarak and co to despise. Kinzer chillingly calls for the US to abandon relationship w Israel and any moral standing to follow example of Iran and their cohorts Hamas and Hezbolla. The irony is chilling

Feb. 03 2011 04:01 PM
anna from new york

Yeah, the guy's name is Kinzer and yes, he wants us to support popular movements, such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the like.
Well, nothing new at NPR.

Feb. 01 2011 10:03 AM
anna from new york

I started to listen late just when an American professor was repeating one word "popular," apparently insisting (?) that we should support "popular" politicians and movements. Nobody sane, of course, expects American professors to know history (or anything else) and have good sense. Clearly, those who insisted on support for "popular, popular" Hitler didn't have any; why should it be different with support for the Nazi affiliated Muslim brotherhood (fact)
dr anna

Feb. 01 2011 08:09 AM

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