The Arab Spring countries are still in the process of remaking themselves. Consider Libya, where militia fighters continue to roam the streets, yet a new private radio station does not hesitate to criticize the armed groups.
Melissa Block talks with Vali Nasr about Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rowhani. Nasr, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, has closely followed Rowhani's career. In this week's Foreign Policy he calls the election outcome a "game-changer" for U.S.-Iran relations.
The anti-government protests taking place across Turkey have not bypassed Antakya, down near the Syrian border. Nightly marches and demonstrations take place in the majority Alawite part of the city, but the protesters are a mix of minority Alawites and majority Sunni Muslims. In addition to the common complaints that Prime Minister Erdogan is growing more autocratic, some are convinced that the government's policies are pulling Turkey into the Syrian crisis and they fear more violence like the bomb attacks that killed at least 51 people in a border town last month.
Northern Ireland is host to this year's G-8 summit and is using the international attention to showcase local vistas, golf courses and how far the area has come since the days of brutal political violence. Melissa Block speaks with Peter Shirlow of Queen's University in Belfast about the changes he's seen and where Northern Ireland is today.
Most of the death and mayhem that occurs every day in Pakistan goes unreported in the West. You have to be here, to get a sense of exactly how turbulent and unstable this country is. Nawaz Sharif has just assumed power on a promise to restore calm and order.
Iran's hard-line clerics have dominated the country for more than 30 years. The country's newly elected president, Hasan Rowhani, is widely hailed as a moderate. Will he be able to change the country's course, or is it more wishful thinking on the part of the West?
Among the many culinary treats Italy has given the world is gelato, a frozen dessert with roots in ancient Mesopotamia. Gelato lovers from all over the world are flocking to a university outside Bologna, Italy, to master the art of gelato-making. Here's a free lesson: Don't call it ice cream.
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