The lack of constitutional framework and governance in both the West Bank and Gaza prevents the reconstruction of the security sector in an efficient and democratic manner. This growing trend of authoritarianism threatens the ability to achieve Palestinian statehood.
Turmoil in the Middle East has injected huge uncertainty into oil markets. Could unrest spread to Saudi Arabia, Iran, or others in the region and disrupt oil supplies? What will be the consequences for the global recovery? What can policy makers do?
After decades of apparent stability, recent popular uprisings in the Arab world have changed the regional landscape dramatically. From Egypt to Libya, the region seems to face dramatic and varied political change and challenge.
Despite the Egyptian revolution’s historic scope and achievements thus far, building a democratic and transparent society free from authoritarianism and corruption will require both reconstruction and institutional reform.
With revolutionary change sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa and violence erupting in Libya, U.S. policy toward the region is quickly evolving.
As protesters throughout the region challenge their authoritarian leaders, Iraqis are also standing up and demanding more accountability from their government and an end to the corrupt practices of their politicians.
In the wake of Mubarak's fall, Egypt remains in the early stages of a transition that could ultimately lead to real democracy. Significant challenges lie ahead and must be met before instituting a democracy based on good governance and socio-economic reforms.
As cries for change gain momentum across the region, what is the future of the Saudi state? Will the House of Saud make serious efforts at reform?
The unrest spreading throughout the Arab world will have significant economic implications for the region.
As the Arab world is being engulfed by mass outrage and popular unrest spurred by long-term economic and political frustration, it remains unclear what long-term effects the unrest will have on the region.