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The Arab Spring's bumpy road to democracy

February 15th, 2013
12:18 PM ET

Two years into the Arab Spring, the winds of hope and change have turned into a tempest of fear and people are crying foul.

Shadi Hamid is the director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and knows many of the leaders now in power in Arab Spring countries. In the video above he shares his rare insight with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

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  1. Jamila Waadalla

    Many of us are truly sorry you felt it necessary to have a's painfully obvious and has removed all trace of character and individuality from your features. What a shame that you feel your power and attraction for those who listen to you and read you are based on a surface. Bad choice, morally, politically, and aesthetically. You are not what we thought you were.

    February 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • marwan hamze

      its quite sure, this is not an arab spring, its an arab automn or fall, arabs will rise again after 200 years.. they need top reconsider their ideology. the problem is not in the enemies but in arab mentality itself. they need enough courage and bravery to confront themselves and change historically not backward but frontward

      February 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
      • Nidaa Tounes

        Amen, Marwan!
        Unfortunately, as long as Islamism (not Islam) remains a tool of foreign policy for the wealthy monarchies of the Gulf region and no international resolve to confront it, the MENA countries will continue to regress.

        February 24, 2013 at 9:50 am |
    • Xiao Xiong

      It is her personal choice. If it makes her feel better about herself than more power to her.

      February 17, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • luccaz

      But can it be eazy just lk datz I don't understand

      February 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  2. starofdavidscotland

    Bumpy eh? More like bouncing off a cliff. These islamofascists will return the Middle East into a war zone and drag us all down with them. Jihad is the game. Killing Jews and dechristianisation of the whole of the ME is the result

    Think. That's too extreme. Shame you don't speak Arabic them eh?

    February 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  3. empresstrudy

    I'm not sure what 'bumpy' is supposed to mean. A couple of hundred thousand dead and the results are they are under the yoke of Medieval fascists? Well as long as Amanpour can blame Israel it's all good.

    February 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • k_Daraa

      Too right, ur highness!

      February 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  4. Tamerali

    those who came to power using Islam are the first to abuse islam. see how Mosrsi started to implementing brotherhood in every major sector in Egypt from day one, including his own family. his son who graduated 2012 now have a good position without doing the military service as every single Egyptian male. its not too early for a turning point. & Mossi shouldn't lead if he misunderstand what is Islam

    February 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Divine Storm

      He never misunderstood Islam. He implemented Shari Law as mandated by Islam. He wanted to be a dictator by issuing a decree that no Egyptian should object his doctrines.

      February 16, 2013 at 1:15 am | Reply
      • Divine Storm

        Actually, he wants to rule like his prophet.

        February 16, 2013 at 1:31 am |
      • Mostafa

        I agree, brotherhood leader picture him as a profit. Egypt is an Islamic country and always will be. no need to those extremist who just take advantage of religion and use poor youth & divide our society. they have no skills or knowledge to govern.

        February 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
      • k_Daraa

        And that leaves an estimated 15 MILLION Egyptian COPTIC CHRISTIANS under an islamofascist dictatorship. That is enough people standing shoulder-to-shoulder to stretch nearly 6,000 miles between Morsi's Cairo, and Barack's Washington DC. Each and every one of those people suffer under the extreme authoritarian sunni government of Morsi implementing sunni islamic law over even Christians.

        February 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
  5. Mostafa

    actually we begin to see the islamofascists impact in Egypt. the Egyptian Jihadists now on TV trying to mobilize youth to fight with them in Syria against Bashar. Bashar is a looser in my pinon but dragging young ppl in Egypt to fight against Alawes who r seen as Suni &Salafi enemies?, the only result is some more new Ben-ladenS. good luck USA

    February 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  6. Divine Storm

    Democracy and Theocracy are fighting it out all over these Arab spring countries. I think the islamists will win over the secularists by using violence and rape in Egypt, which is on the verge of bankruptcy caused by the unrest.

    February 16, 2013 at 1:03 am | Reply
  7. mrbadkitty

    in the middle east they called it the Jasmine revolution, the Arab Spring is something that sounds like a crappy Hollywood movie

    February 17, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
  8. empresstrudy

    Libya declares the Koran and sharia will be the sole source of law:

    Egypt tells Christian priests to convert or die:

    Sounds good to me. All Hail from Behind.

    February 17, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
  9. empresstrudy

    Egypt orders belly dancing TV station to close:,7340,L-4345644,00.html

    February 17, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • Mostafa

      lol I never heard about that channel.

      February 17, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  10. jimmy lim

    Arab spring has gone down the icy slippery slope into burning abyss unable to climb out to democracy any time soon

    February 18, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
  11. jaysonrex

    Christian Amanpour seems to suggest that at the end of the road the much desired Arab democracy is anxiously waiting to be embraced by the Middle East 'populace'. While dreaming is permitted even on the air, her expectations are well above and beyond reality. The Arab nations will not change now or in the near future but there is a chance for such an event to happen by the end of this millennium. Or maybe the next if we are all still standing and breathing.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  12. guzzler

    How about we get out of their way and let them live their lives as they see fit.

    February 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • Ramey

      US can simply get out of their way but shouldn't cry when 911 happens again.The short way to heaven for those medical Muslims is to kill Americans

      February 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
      • Ramey

        check this .. remove the extra dot

        February 20, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  13. Bosna i Hercegovina

    I don t see off any Arab spring i see only Millions Muslim Killed How can you call Arab spirng Look how mane Muslims Killed in Iraq Bosnia Palestina, Libija, Afganistan, Egipat for what People Killed Is This Muslim Fridom hmm so stuped fridom

    February 19, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
  14. Tamer

    Egypt becoming another Afgannistan

    February 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  15. tomovic

    Wherever it appears this woman – it's bad luck!
    She should be forbidden to sow hatred and wars around the world.

    February 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
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