Libya and Bahrain are the latest countries to be hit by popular protests inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
Across the Middle East and North Africa several regimes are facing huge challenges from their people.
Thousands of protesters have been gathering for days in the Bahraini capital Manama calling for more jobs and a new constitution.
In Libya hundreds of anti-government protresters have clashed with police and pro-government supporters in the city of Benghazi.
George alagiah speaks to Ghyath Armanazi, a former arab league representative in London.