Revolutions in Reverse

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Editor's Note: Last week marked the three-year anniversary of the popular uprising in Tunisia that led to the ouster of that country's president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, and inspired a wave of demonstrations across the region that came to be known as the Arab Spring.  Yet, three years after that first salvo, the Middle East is mired in turmoil:  An uprising in Syria has devolved into a civil war resulting in mass bloodshed and a refugee crisis that is spilling over into neighboring countries. Meanwhile Islamist militants have strengthened their positions in Syria, and in Iraq.  This week, 40 countries including the United States will meet in Geneva to discuss a resolution to the political and humanitarian crisis that is gripping Syria and threatening to destabilize the region further.

New America Media asked journalist and commentator Jamal Dajani, host of Arab Talk Radio, to weigh in on where he sees the Arab Spring three years after Tunisia, and about what he thinks can be done by the U.S. and other countries to ease the suffering in Syria. This video is the first in an ongoing series of NAM exclusive interviews with Dajani on poiltics in the Middle East.

Jamal Dajani is a Peabody Award-winning news producer, journalist, filmmaker and Middle East analyst. He's the co-founder of Arab Talk Radio and a Senior Advisor to Internews. Follow Dajani on Twitter and read his blog posts on Facebook.