The popular uprising in Egypt is unprecedented as citizens forced an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year regime. The transition to a democratic government will be fraught with challenges, but such a transition is not unprecedented in the region. What does democracy look like in the Middle East?
Marina Ottaway is the director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where she studies the introduction of Democracy to the region. Anthony Shadid, Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times is in Cairo, where he says the mood has become more aggressive as pro-Mubarak demonstrators are surrounding Tahrir Square.