Which Country Will Define Arab Spring?

Thursday, June 09, 2011

A Yemeni anti-government protester with the slogan 'Ali escaped' painted on his body flashes victory signs in Sanaa on June 5, 2011. (Ahmad Gharabli/Getty)

In watching the developments across the Middle East region, there seem to be one of two paths that nations experiencing the Arab Spring can take. Although 800 Egyptians died in revolts leading up to the removal of Hosni Mubarak’s long-standing regime, the country is now on a path toward more democratic rule. The same can’t be said for Libya, Syria or Yemen where entrenched regimes—or a solitary figure, in the case of Muammar Gadaffi—refuse to cede power.

While some call Egypt and Tunisia the shining model for the Arab Spring’s revolutions — isn’t it more accurate to see it as an exception to the rule of civil war? 

To answer the question we speak with Zachary Lockman, professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at New York University.


Zachary Lockman

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

Don Freda

I've been pronouncing it "Frag-Mightys" for 20 years--I think one of us needs to do a little more research--I hope it's not me!

Jun. 09 2011 09:36 AM

This program ABSOLUTELY sucks. The only show I avoid in the mornings. John : YOU DO NOT HAVE SENSE OF HUMOR. Stop trying. The sports analysts sucks big time: statistics is all you report buddy. what is with the battery dying signal kinda sound that you people constantly seperate the segments with? Any idea how much that sucks?

I forgot now which show you guys replaced...I want the old show back....Again, JOHN, you suck, buddy..

Jun. 09 2011 09:31 AM

The limit test for these masses calling for freedom and democracy is their attitude toward the only genuine democracy in their midst which goes unmentioned in the interview and that is Israel. The "heroic pro-Democracy Arab Spring" seem more akin to the French or Iranian Revolutions then the fall of the Berlin Wall. The treatment of women, religious minorities, and the role of religion also determine the true nature of the "Arab Spring" and must be confronted rather than willfully ignored by the media.

Jun. 09 2011 08:39 AM
Valerie Smith from Dearborn Heights, MI

What defines the Arab Spring is that the people who have been living under repressive regimes across the Arab world shook off their fear and took to the streets demanding the fall of those regimes. The result has been different in each case, the commonality is the impulse of the people to finally demand change.

Jun. 09 2011 08:25 AM

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