In early 2011, uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt led to the overthrow of their heads of state and sparked a wave of protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa, now commonly referred to as the "Arab awakening." Brookings experts comment on the continuing unrest in the region, and its implications for relations with the United States and with the rest of the world.
Reuters/Zohra Bensemra - A protester holds a banner during a demonstration in downtown Tunis January 18, 2011.
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Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy, U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
Director, Brookings Doha Center
Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy
Nonresident Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy, U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
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