Not Spontaneous

Egyptian demonstrators hold up a huge national flag with the slogan 'Leave, Egypt is bigger than all of you' written on it in Arabic in Cairo's Tahrir square on November 25, 2011.

The West was blindsided by the Arab Spring. That’s according to Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera English senior political analyst and author of the new book The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution. He’ll discuss misconceptions about the Arab revolutions and what to expect in that region in 2012. Plus: Marshall Curry, director of the Oscar nominated documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front;” and Mei-Ling Hopgood is back for the third installment of our series “The Global Parent.”