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Robert F. Worth: Turmoil in the Middle East

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Five years after the Arab Spring, how much has really changed in the power and governance structures of many Middle Eastern states? From Egypt to Yemen, countries once home to democratic grassroots revolutions now struggle to control political conflict and civil war. The general optimism that stemmed from Tahrir Square in 2011 has given way in many cases to sectarianism and conflict. Why did so many states fail to bring about peaceful democratic change? What are the consequences for the citizens of these states? How have the aftereffects of the Arab Spring contributed to the rise of terrorist organizations like ISIS? Journalist Robert Worth will examine the outcomes of the Arab Spring throughout the region and consider their implications for the future of the Middle East. Speaker Robert F. Worth is a Contributor to The New York Times Magazine. The discussion is moderated by Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, the World Affairs Council. For more information about this event please visit: http://www.worldaffairs.org/event-calendar/event/1583