As Egypt begins the process of unwinding 30 years of the Mubarak regime, other countries in the region continue to experience their own protests. In Yemen, the poorest Arab country, demonstrators have clashed with pro-government supporters. In Iran, tens of thousands took to the streets to demand a new government. In response, some in the government called for the execution of two opposition leaders, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared the protests were “going nowhere.”
There are also uprisings popping up in unexpected places, like Bahrain. It’s known as a playground for Saudi elite, and the home of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Bahrain is currently ruled by a king whose family has been in power for more than 200. At least two demonstrators were killed there this week. And in Libya, citizens in the city of Bengazi took to the streets over the arrest of a government critic.
So what’s next for the region? Does Egypt’s success or failure post-Mubarak set the tone for the region going forward? To find out, Need to Know’s Alison Stewart sat down with Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow and program officer at the Century Foundation, where he focuses on U.S. foreign policy in the broader Middle East.