The most widespread popular uprisings in half a century swept across the Arab world, ousting three of the region’s most stalwart autocrats – in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya – and opening the door for more representative government.
So far, that appears to mean a greater voice for Islamists – those who want Islam to play a greater role in politics.
But the upheaval, still very much under way in Syria and Yemen, could also mean greater instability for an oil-rich region that’s home to key US allies and terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas, and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Highlights from the Monitor's coverage of the Arab uprisings:
How Egyptians toppled Mubarak and who will lead them now – by Dan Murphy in Cairo
Why the West need not fear Libya's Islamic warriors – by Dan Murphy in Derna, Libya
Q&A with Syrian jihadist: Minorities have nothing to fear in post-Assad Syria – by Nicholas Blanford in North Lebanon
Divided by Yemen's Saleh: Two brothers fight on opposite sides – by Jeb Boone in Sanaa, Yemen
Egyptian revolution, Pt. 2: Now, to build a nation – by Dan Murphy in Cairo