Conflict & Justice

The World After the Arab Spring


Children, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathe through oxygen masks in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, August 21, 2013. Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people on Wednesday by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX12SPS



When Paul Danahar took over as the BBC's bureau chief for the Middle East region in 2010, he had no inkling of the historic upheaval that was about to kick off on his watch.

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No one did, actually.

For the next three years, Danahar had a front row seat for the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere that came to be known by the imperfect cachphrase, "the Arab Spring."

Now, he has written a book about those events, "The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring."

The World's host, Marco Werman talks to Danahar about Syria, US policy in the Middle East and the prospects for democracy in the region.