Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring? Professor Juan Cole on the Continuing Aspirations of the Millennial Generation in the Middle East: Dr. Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, expert on Middle Eastern affairs, and author of the widely read and influential blog Informed Comment, returns to Democratic Perspective to discuss his most recent book The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.
A lot has changed in the Middle East since the first eruptions of the Arab Spring which arose in Tunisia following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in December, 2010. Governments have fallen and risen, a savage civil war continues in Syria, the government of Libya has been forced to meet in a Greek car ferry in the harbor of Tobruk, and protests by young people have been brutally put down by the military in Egypt and Bahrain. Professor Cole explains what has been going on politically in the states of the Arab Spring since the mass media in the U.S. began looking the other way, and why he is hopeful that the reform-minded youth of the Arab Middle East, who have by no means gone away, will eventually constitute a decisive political force in the region.