The United States and the international community must avoid letting immediate counter-terrorism efforts swamp more important long-term development assistance and capacity-building measures in Yemen.
Recent changes in Egyptian media regulations and increased government intimidation of prominent independent journalists have prompted speculation that the government is cracking down on media freedom in advance of the upcoming November parliamentary elections.
While Egypt’s opposition groups remain divided on whether or not to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections, there are indications that they, as well as many Egyptian citizens, are beginning to favor international monitoring to safeguard against electoral fraud.
Corruption in Yemen is contributing to the rapid deterioration of the country’s stability and security situation, with potentially dramatic repercussions for neighboring states, the region, and the international community.
The Obama administration is trying to avoid a complete collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which are faltering over the expiration of the settlement moratorium.
President Ahmadinejad’s meeting with the leader of Hezbollah is further evidence of Iran’s efforts to gain a foothold in the Middle East as one of the key regional players.
Democratic transformation and improved human rights in the Arab world have been stymied not only by authoritarian regimes and a lack of pressure from the West, but also by a number of social, political, and cultural obstacles to democratisation that exist within Arab society.
In the last few years, the Lebanese Army has found itself in a relatively stable national context for the first time since the 1970s. The military should seize this moment to open dialogue channels with political leaders in order to persuade them to think and budget for long-term military development in Lebanon.
The possibility that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon might indict members of Hizbollah in its investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has increased tensions and could result in the collapse of Lebanon’s fragile political balance.
While Gulf countries already have high quality infrastructure, to ensure their global competitiveness they now need to develop a strategic plan to build the knowledge and professional capacities of their human resources.
The relative plurality found in both Egypt and Lebanon is rare in the Arab world; politicians and media officials in both countries should embrace this rich pluralistic characteristic instead of seeking to undermine it.
The international Muslim Brotherhood is not a rigid and disciplined organization with control over its local branches; instead, it is better understood as a framework of loosely linked, ideologically similar movements.
Turkey’s recent constitutional referendum passed with the support of little over half of the Turkish population, giving Prime Minister Erdogan an electoral victory and consolidating his political authority.
An opposition-wide general boycott is the most effective means for combating the Egyptian regime's authoritarian tendencies and realizing Egyptians' hopes for much-needed political change.
Turks are preparing to vote on a set of proposed constitutional amendments that risk undermining the independence of the judiciary and eroding one of the necessary checks on the power of the executive branch.
The best hope for a two state solution is a new, comprehensive approach that involves the most important regional players, including Saudi Arabia and Syria.
The timing of the recent direct peace talks in Washington has more to do with local political realities in the United States, Palestine, and Israel than any belief that the time is ripe for negotiating a sustainable peace.
A national coalition government, such as the one in Switzerland, could allow the Arab world to include a wide cross-section of parties and groups in a power-sharing government that would increase the sense of security and participation for all.
Prime Minister Netanyahu must minimize the political and financial support for hard-core settlers, in order to mitigate the possibility that they negatively affect the peace talks.
If U.S. counterterrorism assistance to Yemen only takes the form of military and security cooperation, the result is likely to be an increase in the popular grievances that fuel militant groups like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.