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.
The crisis in Syria appears to be moving back from the brink after US President Barrack Obama welcomed a Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Opinion polls suggest Americans remain wary of a strike against Syria, though Mr Obama said he would continue to press the US Congress to back a resolution authorising him to take military action against Syria. The BBC’s World Affairs Editor John Simpson is a veteran of Middle East politics and he came into studio to talk to Sean.