Revolution is marching across the Middle East and the remaining dictators are quacking in their boots.
When Egypt’s youth followed the example of Tunisia’s peaceful overthrow of its corrupt government, the world watched in awe as the ground shook for eighteen days until Hosnei Mubarak was forced to stepped down. And now that the people of Egypt are engaged in the difficult task of bringing the right reforms to their government, the ground is starting to shake in neighbouring Algeria, in Bahrain, in Yemen, in Libya, and yes also in Iran.
So the question is what will happen now? Are we watching the inevitable collapse of all the repressive regimes in the Middle East as we did when the people of Eastern Europe demanded their freedom not so long ago? And if yes, what will take their place?
Among the many opinions and analyses that are being offered about the transformation that is underway in the Middle East, I find the insights of Ahmet Davutoglu most convincing. As Turkey’s foreign minister he is a credible witness to the struggle for a more democratic Middle East. I’d like to share an in-depth interview with him in which he discusses how the Middle East can successfully combine democracy and Islam.