The Foreign Desk

Democracy: the Middle East and north Africa

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8 June 2019

Episode 283

30 minutes


Photo: Getty Images

At the start of this decade, thousands of protesters took to the streets across the Arab world seeking to bring down oppressive regimes. But filling the subsequent power vacuums didn't prove easy and many countries have been left with similar problems – corrupt strongman leaders, military dictatorships – or worse ones, including civil war. So why has democracy failed to thrive in the region? And what can be done to break the cycle?

8 June 2019

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