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Newman: What would be the regional fallout from the end of Assad’s regime?

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28 August, 2011

It is not yet clear what is happening in Egypt. Some of the protesters there last winter are now facing the kind of restrictions they were protesting about.

What comes next in Lybia is uncleàr.  Who will emerge post-Gadhafi in that country, whether will be a new civil war,  and what role a new government in Tripoli might seek to play beyond its borders are all unanswered questions.

Iraq is still unstable.

A collapse of decades of Assad family rule in Syria will lead to instability as well.

What are the constants? Israel and its West Bank settlements make the Arab World worry. And Iran and its nuclear program make Israel worry. With increased uncertainty in the Middle East, we all should worry.

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