The so-called Arab Spring has dominated headlines this year, only to be eclipsed by even bigger headlines yesterday announcing that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden. Both are big stories, but which will have the largest impact and influence on the future of the Middle East? The heroes of revolutions in Egypt's Tahrir Square were their own union leaders and student activists -- none holding placards of Osama bin Laden or even his Egyptian heir apparent Ayman al-Zawahiri. Experts say Bin Laden's popularity was overstated by entrenched Arab regimes such as Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Yet, Bin Laden's appeal did extend far in to South Asian countries, particularly Pakistan -- and may not be abated by revolutions. What’s the future of Al-Qaeda? Has the success of the pro-democracy movements sidelined jihadist aspirations? Or are there more dangerous groups springing up?
Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent and Beirut bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times
Haider Mullick, Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU); Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding; Author of Pakistan's Security Paradox: Countering and Fomenting Insurgencies
Frederic Wehrey, Senior Policy Analyst at the Rand Corporation