The Middle East and North Africa have suddenly thrust themselves once again into our headlines, as U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the region find themselves as the targets of outrage. Israeli President Benyamin Netanyahu has thrust himself into the U.S. presidential elections by upping the pressure on the U.S. to attack Iran over its nuclear research program. Meanwhile, the newly elected administration in Egypt struggles to find its way after the inspiring revolution there.

Hear an update from one of the country's leading experts on the region.

Joel Beinin's research and writing focuses on workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East and on Israel, Palestine, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa (Stanford University Press). He has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout North America, and in France, Egypt, Singapore, and Australia, and has given frequent interviews to the global media. In 2002 he served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

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