In the wake of the ousting of Tunisia’s President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, observers have drawn parallels with other countries in the region.
There is speculation about a possible domino effect similar to the collapse of Communist governments around Eastern Europe in 1989.
In several countries of the Middle East and North Africa, youthful and rapidly growing populations face rising food prices, high unemployment and lack of political representation. Some are also ruled by aging autocrats facing succession issues.
Which are the countries involved, and what is the likelihood of real change?
The article discusses Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, Jordan, and Morocco.