Arab Roundtable on Spreading Protests

We listen to voices from across the Arab world on the spreading protests – and ask what happens next.

Yemeni students chant slogans calling on their president Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave the government in Sanaa, Yemen, 2011. (AP)

There was a weekend of relative calm in the Egyptian uprising. Now, schools are still closed. Banks are open for the first time in many days. Nobody knows where it’s going to go.

But around the Arab world, the last month has lit a fire without precedent in the years of the post-colonial Arab states.  A fire for change, for democracy.

From Egypt to Jordan to Yemen and beyond, Arabs have been in the streets. Arab leaders – autocrats, dictators, kings – have felt the heat.  Where this goes is not yet clear, but it is very consequential.

-Tom Ashbrook


Rami Khouri, director of the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University in Beirut. Internationally syndicated columnist and editor-at-large for Lebanon’s Daily Star Newspaper.

Abdul Ghani al-Iryani, development consultant and political analyst in Sanaa, Yemen.

Gouda Abdel-Khalek, professor of economics at Cairo University.

Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal, member of the Jordanian royal family, the uncle of current King Abdullah II.

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