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The Debate

Five years of turmoil: Was the Arab Spring worth it? (part 2)

It's been five years. Tunisia's Ben Ali forced to flee; Egypt's Mubarak would follow three weeks later. But civil war has supplanted the Arab Spring in Libya, Syria and Yemen, a coup in Egypt has brought back the old guard, and old Sunni-Shia divides are in the headlines with the Saudi-Iranian standoff. As authorities scramble in Indonesia after suicide bombings, did a popular movement by the younger generation in the Arab world lead to ISIS striking in places like Paris, Istanbul and Jakarta?

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Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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