WATCH: Maddow's Guest Shilbey Telhami: 'It's Not Just Egypt and Tunisia'

The actions in Egypt and Tunisia are nuanced, and connected to unrest across the Middle East-- but how? Last night, Rachel Maddow broke it down with ShibleyTelhami, who's the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute Saban Center for Middle East Policy. They discussed the future of the protests, and what the Egyptian people might expect in terms of regime change after Mubarak's refusal to step down. The military wants to 'position themselves for the post-Mubarak era,' said Telhami. 'They don't want to be on the other side of the people.' Further, he noted that it's becoming increasingly clear that the US needs to 'go back to the drawing board, not just in terms of how we deal with regimes, but in terms of how we define our interests in the region.'

In a later part of last night's show, Maddow put it even straighter, wondering if Egyptians were inspired by Tunisians, who might be next? The Daily Beast's Philip Shenon posits Libya.

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AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 29, 2011, 7:11am

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