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A Progress Report On The Arab Spring

Deborah Amos is in for Tom Ashbrook this hour.

We’ll take the temperature of the Arab Spring from Egypt to Syria. What’s really going in the Arab world?

In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and acquired by the AP, Syrian anti-government protesters carry banners in Arabic that read: "Freedom means to stop the killing and arrests," during a rally in the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria, May 13, 2011.(AP)

In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone, Syrian anti-government protesters carry banners in Arabic that read: "Freedom means to stop the killing and arrests," during a rally in the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria, May 13, 2011.(AP)

A youthful uprising challenged the Arab World’s leaders and two autocrats actually stepped down. It all seemed so easy. But the weeks go by, the work of building new democratic societies is hard.

In some countries, brute force and oil dollars have changed the stakes. Dictators and aging monarchs fight to stay in place as Western powers scramble for coherent policies.

Is the Arab World’s democratic spring faltering? Or are these just the growing pains of a new Arab order?

This hour, On Point: A progress report on the Arab Spring.

– Deborah Amos

Guests:

Gregory Gause, professor of political science at the University of Vermont and former director of the Middle East Studies program.

Tarik Yousef, dean of the Dubai School of Government and head of the Middle East Youth Project. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and at Harvard University’s Belfer Center.

Michael Wahid Hanna, Fellow and program officer at The Century Foundation.

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