Hassan Rowhani’s victory in the Iranian presidential election shows a radical conservative agenda does not enjoy widespread support in Iran.
The fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to Assad’s forces shows that the regime is poised to secure its position for the long term. The opposition must address its serious shortcomings.
Lebanon is struggling to accommodate a massive influx of refugees fleeing the war in Syria. The crisis will escalate unless Beirut takes direct action.
Embroiled in the spillover from the Syrian conflict, Jordan faces an enormous challenge. The country must focus on political and economic reforms, and needs outside help, too.
The Friends of Syria might not withdraw their official recognition of the National Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people anytime soon, but they are close to starting the search once again for a more credible opposition framework, preferably inside Syria.
Turkey and the United States should promote a regional initiative on Syria that includes Iran if they are to prevent the crisis from further undermining regional stability.
It is time for U.S. and other Western observers to put aside comparisons based on imagined ideals of opposition quality and behavior and more realistically and thoughtfully attempt to understand Egypt’s new political life and possible political futures.
The permanent members of the UN Security Council must work together to transform the fragile U.S.-Russian step toward peace in Syria into a full agreement.
The Syrian conflict will worsen considerably before the principal parties are ready to negotiate in earnest. At that point, the presidential election scheduled for May 2014 is likely to be the linchpin of an agreed exit.
Turkey faces a potentially critical alignment of stars. If it overcomes all the challenges ahead, Ankara may make a spectacular return to the international stage.
The National Coalition took up Syria’s Arab League seat, but its victory will be fleeting if the coalition doesn't soon provide effective governance in liberated areas.
The risk of a dangerous downward spiral in Lebanon is real. It must form a new government, appoint a head of the internal security forces, and hold parliamentary elections.
With an economy on the brink of collapse and rising popular discontent with the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's leadership urgently needs to address its economic, political, and security challenges.
The Kazakh nuclear experience is a reminder of the power of diplomacy and the economic incentives at the disposal of the international community.
Any solution to the current crisis in Bahrain needs to address the distortions of the island nation’s political economy.
Despite parliamentary elections, the way Jordan is governed is unsustainable in the post–Arab Awakening moment. Jordanians want the king to lead a genuine reform effort.
Syria needs more than just another EU foreign policy statement that will be promptly archived. The EU should develop a concrete reconstruction plan.
Syria may not be a major oil or gas producer, but the country's strategic location may allow it to determine the shape of the region's energy future by offering Mediterranean access to landlocked countries.
While Qatar’s foreign policy is not free from important contradictions, Doha wields significant influence in the emerging Middle East and can play a positive role in helping countries in transition.
The Syrian opposition must recognize its need for an effective political strategy capable of splitting the regime from within, bringing the Syrian crisis to a definitive resolution, and building a stable post-Assad Syria.