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Global Ethics Corner: The Arab Spring Turns One Year Old: What Next?

From: Carnegie Council
Series: Global Ethics Corner
Length: 02:00

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As the Arab Spring celebrates its one-year anniversary, the West is cautiously awaiting the next step. Will democracy flourish in the Middle East and North Africa? Or will authoritarianism and fundamental Islam be the basis for the new governments born from the revolutions of 2011? Read the full description.

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Global Ethics Corner is a weekly 2 minute segment devoted to newsworthy ethical issues. It presents both sides of an issue, asking viewers to weigh the information and make up their own minds.

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Global Ethics Corner is a weekly 2 minute segment devoted to newsworthy ethical issues. It presents both sides of an issue, asking viewers to weigh the information and make up their own minds.

Transcript

It has been one year since the start of the string of democratic movements dubbed the Arab Spring.

Citizens across the Middle East have risen up over the last 12 months in sometimes violent protest against the region's entrenched governments and autocratic regimes.

Protests and demonstrations continue in Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

Western leaders have greeted the Arab Spring with cautious optimism.

At his State of the Union address to Congress last month, U.S. President Barack Obama declared, "How this incredible transformation will end remains uncertain. But we have a huge stake in the outcome."

As with most successful popular uprisings, the big question is: What comes next?

In Egypt, where the Mubarak regime was toppled in February 2011, military rulers have hesitated to hand over power to civilian authorities.

In Libya, where NATO i...
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Additional Credits

Deborah Carroll - Producer
Julia Kennedy - Content Editor
Robert Smithline - Editor
Terence Hurley - Editor
Gusta Johnson - Production Assistant

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