AJE-page-001Al Jazeera International’s “Inside Story” –

The so-called Arab Spring raised hopes of regime change and a path towards democracy across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Tunisia has emerged with credit, and a new constitution. But for many those dreams remain elusive. In Libya and Egypt, Yemen and Syria, and spilling over into Iraq.

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So has that disillusionment found a new focus?

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The armed group ISIL has seen its ranks swell over the past year. This month, recruits from Algeria, Egypt, Libya and Saudi Arabia swore allegiance to the self-appointed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But how much does ISIL owe its existence to the failings of the Arab Spring?

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And is it seeking the support of those who have been left politically and ideologically disillusioned?

Presenter: Mike Hanna

Guests:

Robert Becker – International Political Consultant, who was convicted in Egypt’s NGO crackdown in 2011.

Fawaz Gerges – Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Eugenio Lilli – Founder of the King’s College US foreign policy research group and teaching fellow at the UK Joint Services Command.