The Arab transformations have only just begun. The coming year will offer signs as to whether countries of the Arab world are heading toward or away from democracy and pluralism.
Syria’s newest Islamist party has admirably liberal ambitions. But it lacks the substance to become a viable, functioning party able to survive the current conflict.
The leaders of Egypt’s pre-2011 institutions may see an opportunity in the current popular climate to retake—and even broaden—the powers they enjoyed under Mubarak.
The agreement reached in Geneva will slow Iran’s nuclear progress. For that reason alone it deserves support.
Criticism of Egypt’s military-backed transition is spreading, even among secular Egyptians who were happy to see the Muslim Brotherhood–backed Mohamed Morsi removed from power.
The downfall of Egypt’s Islamist president has not led to the separation of religion and state in the country. The reality is quite the opposite: religion is being nationalized.
A Saudi plan to build a new national army for the Syrian opposition is polarizing the rebels and potentially undermining Riyadh’s objectives in Syria.
The ruling party in Turkey has long relied on a powerful Islamic social movement to maintain power. But cracks in the alliance are exposing a rivalry at the heart of the state.
The Syrian war is being played out in Moscow, Tehran, and Washington. To achieve further progress, the three capitals cannot avoid working together on a diplomatic solution.
Friction with Washington over regional developments has Riyadh concerned about its foreign policy course. But the two differ most sharply on internal not international affairs.
For Turkey, the U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons is at best incomplete and at worst a distraction from the real political goal: removing Assad from power.
To be a full player in a genuinely democratic Egyptian political system, the Brotherhood has to embark on an ideological, doctrinal, and organizational transformation.
A military strike on Syria might deter the Assad regime from using chemical weapons again, but it is unlikely to be a game changer in the course of the Syrian conflict.
As the U.S. troop withdrawal approaches, Washington should consider how improving U.S.-Iranian relations can further its long-term goals in Afghanistan and the region.
Political violence, civil disobedience, and terrorism are threatening Tunisia’s political transition. Government and opposition forces must work together to avoid a crisis.
Much of the Egyptian population now embraces the very military it seemed bent on ejecting from power during the 2011 revolution. What's the reason for the about-face?
If the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood refuses to evolve and learn from its mistakes, it will squander any future opportunities to be an influential component of the Egyptian political spectrum.
Mismanagement of Egypt’s transitional period has only exacerbated the challenges facing the country and prevented Egypt’s first civilian president from implementing any notable political reforms.
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court recently issued its verdict on the parliamentary elections law, ruling that not granting military personnel the right to vote would contravene the constitution.
The latest battle between the army and a Salafist group in Lebanon might be one of the last warning signs before the country erupts into widespread sectarian fighting.