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Political turmoil across the Arab world. We’ll ask how the US should respond.

Bahraini anti-government demonstrators run during clashes between protesters and the Bahraini army. (AP)
Bahraini anti-government demonstrators run during clashes between protesters and the Bahraini army. (AP)

Tunisia was stunning. Egypt was historic. Now we’ve got a whole huge region on the boil.

From Morocco on the Atlantic to far Bahrain on the Persian Gulf, the marchers are out. The people are in the streets. Machine guns, too. The Arab world is in a mass uproar – uprising – like no one alive has ever seen.

This is a world with deep American history and interests. If it’s changing, radically, what does that mean for the United States? How should American policy change – or not?
- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Michele Dunne, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is editor of the online journal Arab Reform Bulletin. She is former specialist on Middle East affairs at the US Department of State and White House.

Shadi Hamid, expert on Arab politics and democratization in the Middle East at the Brookings Institution.

Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is author of "Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy."

This program aired on February 21, 2011.

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