Along with change, Arab Spring brought violence, uncertainty

December 2, 2011

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Anti-government protesters wave Bahraini flags at a rally that drew tens of thousands in Maqsha, Bahrain.

The developments of the Arab Spring keep on coming. In addition to change, the pro-democracy movement has created uncertainty in an already explosive region.

Yesterday, the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights said Syria was headed for civil war and called on the international community to protect civilians. With a first round of parliamentary elections, Egyptians took another step toward establishing a civilian government. So far, the Muslim Brotherhood's political party handily beat the liberal bloc that dominated Tahrir Square.

Rashid Khalidi, a professor at Columbia University who follows Arab politics, tells Worldview about the Arab Spring's aftermath.