The recently proposed constitutional amendments could constitute an important move in the political reform process in Jordan, but they are only a first step in the path to promoting true separation of powers and checks and balances.
Turkey’s Kurdish question is that country’s single most important problem. It is and has always been a political problem. Successive Turkish governments have sought to resolve it either through repressive military and occasionally economic means.
As factions compete to form a new political system in Tunisia, it remains unclear whether the country will succeed in implementing long-term reform or stagnate in a political limbo.
Political forces in Egypt today face a dilemma: either proceed ahead expeditiously to elections in order to end the post-revolutionary rule of the military or slow down the electoral timetable and prioritize the writing of a new constitution.
Morocco's political future will be determined not only by the king’s actions in the coming months, but also on the capacity and willingness of Moroccan political organizations to build on the opportunities the new constitution, presented on June 17, offers them.
The strength of Egyptian institutions and continuing post-revolutionary enthusiasm will help Egypt overcome the growing political chasm between Islamist and non-Islamist political forces inside the country and the political mistakes made by the country’s ruling council.
Beirut’s new Hezbollah-dominated government will return some measure of predictability to the country’s governing institutions, but Lebanon’s stability remains fragile as the government faces a number of serious challenges.
The recent parliamentary elections in Turkey demonstrated the popular appeal of the ruling party and while the outcome will have a significant affect on Turkish domestic policy, it is unlikely to alter the general thrust of Ankara’s foreign policy.
In this week’s legislative elections, a few hundred thousand votes will determine whether or not Turkey’s ruling party can move forward unimpeded with the most radical change in the country’s constitutional order since the transition to multi-party democracy in 1946.
The coalition that underpins Iraq’s national unity government is showing increasing signs of strain, threatened by rising divisions among its parties, tension between the parliament and the executive, and competition between the central and regional governments.
While Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and its new Freedom and Justice Party have gone to lengths to clarify their stances on social issues and the relation between religion and the state, they must further clarify their relationship to each other and allow the party a sufficient level of independence.
The European Union’s response to the dramatic events in Egypt has shown that in a fast-moving environment the Union has difficulty reacting in the way required of a serious global player.
Western support towards democratic transformations in the Middle East will require walking a fine line between welcome support and unwelcome interference.
Regardless of how the situation evolves, Syria will not revert to its previous status quo, and any new order will have to take into account the new Arab demands for more accountable and democratic governments, freer societies, and more equitable socio-economic policies.
Turkey’s June elections will represent a critical turning point in the country’s evolution, as their results shape Prime Minister Erdogan’s attempts to transform Turkey from a parliamentary to presidential government through a new constitution.
The constitutional declaration put forward by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces in Egypt is a complicated and problematic document that does not resolve the fundamental issues facing the transition process.
Protest in Bahrain is not simply a domestic struggle for political rights and liberal reform; it is also a sectarian conflict between a Sunni monarchy in a majority-Shia country that is rapidly becoming part of a growing conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Popular protests have spread across the Middle East and North Africa and have reached Iraq and Kurdistan. The political circumstances in these regions will determine whether the protests succeed in forcing the government to respond to the demands of its citizens.
After a momentous two months, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood must now decide how to organize a political party, direct its political participation, and handle the emergence of a group of activist youth leaders.
The feelings of optimism and hope that accompanied the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions have recently been mixed with concern over the course of events in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and other countries.