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SPECIAL BROADCAST: “Egypt is Free!”: The Post-Mubarak Future

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Egyptians celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. (AP)

Thunderous history in Egypt today. And Hosni Mubarak, this time, is really out.  Finished.

After 18 days of unprecedented public outpouring in the streets of Cairo, Egypt’s strongman ruler — and U.S. ally — of 30 years is gone. Wild tears of joy are being shed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square tonight. And around the Arab world, after Tunisia and now Egypt, the crackling sense of a stunning political wave in motion.

Now, the questions. How will Egypt’s military handle its central role? Will Egyptians get the democracy they fought for?

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

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.

Ashraf Hegazy, executive director of The Dubai Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He grew up in Egypt and around the world. His mother was his country’s first female diplomat.

Nicholas Kristof, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times. He joins us from Cairo.

Mona El-Gobashy, professor of political science at Barnard College. For the last decade, she has been looking at protest waves in Egypt.

Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Max Rodenbeck, correspondent for The Economist.

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