Revolution Blowback: More Tumult in Middle East

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Bahraini army APC pulls out of an area near Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011. A Bahraini army APC pulls out of an area near Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been an eventful week in the Middle East, but much of the news has been overshadowed by the unfolding disaster in Japan. Saudi military forces have crossed into Bahrain as protester violence continues; the situation in Libya is escalating; and in Egypt, a referendum on the constitution scheduled for Saturday is the cause of raging debate. Amidst all this change in the Middle East, is the United States taking a strong enough position for democracy?

Shadi Hamid says that there's a sense that the United States is not doing enough to support democracies in these countries. He's the Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center, and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.


Shadi Hamid

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [2]

Ann Baker from South Carolina

I would compare Hamid's comments to a "double dare" made by children. It sounds to me like he's just trying to goad President Obama into doing his will. The bottom line is: as much as we may despise Quadafi it is not for the US to police the world and finally we have a president who isn't a cowboy! It is for the UN to decide on world policy and ask our nation for support in those decicions.

Mar. 17 2011 09:52 AM
Sandy from Toronto, ON

Re: comments about Hilary Clinton sounding "giddy".
Are we so jaded that we don't know how to react when an experienced politician expresses real emotions? She just really can't get a break, can she? She's too tough or she's as "giddy" as a school girl.


Mar. 17 2011 07:37 AM

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