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    Three years have now past since the Arab Spring deposed a number of dictators across the Middle East, an uprising of people which inspired hope of a democratic future in countries associated for decades with corruption, rough justice or no justice at all. But that hope has since faded and as we enter a new year, the Middle East remains trapped in a mire of volatility and uncertainty. Here to take a look at the developments that may be expected in the coming months was Dr Vincent Durac who lectures in Middle Eastern politics at UCD.
    Arab Spring

    Arab Spring

    Arab Spring all kicked off in December 2010 in Tunisa, it very quickly spread, but what has it achieved in the region, three years on?  Egypt has overthrown two Presidents and is back under the control of the military. Syria is in chaos with refugees flooding out of the country bringing challenges to surrounding countries - to talk about these stories and some of the other conflicts going on around the world.  Keelin spoke to Mary Fitzgerald, Foreign Correspondent with the Irish Times.
    Arab Spring

    Arab Spring

    Three years ago today, Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 year old Tunisian Street vendor, set himself on fire in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. His act of demonstration sparked the Tunisian Revolution and set in train the Arab Spring. The events that followed led to the President of Tunisia, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali leaving the country. Today, Sidi Bouzid is preparing to commemorate the third anniversary of the Uprising. But is Tunisia anywhere near where it wished to be three years ago, when all this began? Sean was joined by Irish Times foreign affairs correspondent, Mary FitzGerald.


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