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.
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.