Former Assistant Secretary of State James P. Rubin and New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David E. Sanger discuss the recent overthrow of Middle East dictators.
Since January, countries in the Middle East have been buffeted by massive protests. These have led to the toppling of two Middle East leaders, and extensive use of violence. What does it mean? Where will it lead?
Bryan Daves is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yeshiva University.
Professor Daves' interests lie in the political economy of development, Middle East politics, and globalization.
He is a senior associate member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan, and has received USIA fellowships to the American Institute of Maghribi Studies and the American Center for Oriental Research.
James P. Rubin
James Rubin is executive editor of The Bloomberg View, president of the Atlantic Partnership U.S. and a commentator and lecturer on U.S. foreign policy and world affairs. He served as assistant secretary of state for public affairs under President Clinton and as chief spokesman for the State Department from 1997 to 2000. In 1998 Mr. Rubin was the recipient of Columbia University's John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement and in 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Award, the State Department's highest honor.
David E. Sanger
David E. Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and is one of the newspaper's senior writers. In a 24-year career at the paper, he has reported from New York, Tokyo, and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, Asian affairs, and, for the past five years, the arc of the Bush presidency. Twice he has been a member of Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize.
His most recent book is The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (Harmony, 2009), a Times best-seller that explores the national security challenges facing President Barack Obama.