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Stories From The Arab Spring

UNC political science professor Andy Reynolds talks about the Arab Spring

UNC political science professor Andy Reynolds is one of the world’s leading experts in governmental and electoral design. During his graduate school years in post-Apartheid South Africa, Reynolds advised writers of the constitution.

He continued to help other countries devise political structures over the last two decades. During the Arab Spring revolutions, Reynolds spent time in Egypt, Libya and Yemen working for the United Nations and the United States National Security Council.

After returning to the U.S., Reynolds co-wrote “The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform” (Oxford University Press/2015), which analyzes the uprisings and the factors involved in a successful revolution.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Reynolds about his experiences in the Middle East.

Reynolds (left) speaking at the American University in Cairo in Tahrir Square in June 2011.
Andy Reynolds /
Reynolds (left) speaking at the American University in Cairo in Tahrir Square in June 2011.
At the book launch for 'The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform' with his two co-authors at the University of Texas
Andy Reynolds /
At the book launch for 'The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform' with his two co-authors at the University of Texas
Reynolds in Martyrs Square in Benghazi, Libya in September 2011
Andy Reynolds /
Reynolds in Martyrs Square in Benghazi, Libya in September 2011

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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