Video Brief: Arab Revolutions

December 8, 2011

Video Brief: Arab Revolutions
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from Video and Transition 2012

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The winner of the 2012 U.S. presidential election will likely confront a greatly changed Middle East political landscape due to ongoing civil upheaval, says Steven A. Cook, CFR’s senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies. "We have seen critical allies like Hosni Mubarak fall from power, and other allies under political pressure," Cook says. The next U.S. president, he says, will have to grapple with the fact that the regional political order "that made it relatively easier and relatively less expensive for the United States to pursue its interests in the Middle East has been turned over." This video is part of a special Council on Foreign Relations series that explores the top foreign policy issues debated in the run-up to the 2012 elections.

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