Conflict & Justice

The Arab Spring Fear Factor

Fear, in all its manifestations, played an important role in the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011.

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Anyone who participated in these revolutions this past year, as well as those who watched it from afar, learned a lot about it.

We saw how deeply tyrannical regimes had instilled fear and how quickly and decisively that fear of authority could crumble.

Anchor Marco Werman talks to David Kirkpatrick, who says he learned a lot about fear this year. Kirkpatrick took over as the Cairo bureau chief of The New York Times, just days before the region was swept up in the Arab Spring.