Revolution & the Arab World: Is Egypt the Next Tunisia?

Tear gas, and blood in the streets. We look at what’s unfolding in the Arab world.

Police face demonstrators in Cairo, Jan. 25, 2011, during a Tunisia-inspired demonstration. (AP)

First it was Tunisia, with thousands in the streets and a dictator of decades sent packing. The “jasmine revolution,” they called it.

Now, just days later, with Tunisia still on edge, it is Egypt with thousands in the streets, and tear gas and blood, and shouts of “Down with Hosni Mubarak!”

Egypt’s longtime strongman ruler – and U.S. ally – is a tougher, more brutal target.  But something big is happening in the Arab world. Thousands out in Yemen. Protests in Jordan. Twitter and Facebook on fire. The U.S. watching.

We look at the peoples’ revolt in the streets in the Arab world.

-Tom Ashbrook


Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

Noureddine Jebnoun, visiting professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He is Tunisian and lived there until he came to the U.S. in 2005. Read his new article: “Tunisia’s Glorious Revolution and Its Implications.”

Ben Wedeman, senior international correspondent for CNN.

Labib Kamhawi, Jordanian businessman and political commentator.

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