Even if Fayyad is making mild administrative and fiscal improvements in some areas, this cannot obscure the deeper problem that most Palestinian political institutions are actually in deep trouble and the most important ones are in a state of advanced decay.
The Arab media coverage of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Flotilla painted the events in religious terms, disregarding the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and provoking audiences to anger rather than enabling a rational and constructive response.
The G20 still has far to go in terms of reforming the global financial system and calming the lingering economic turmoil, but the experience of sovereign wealth funds provides a useful outline for what is possible.
In spite of recent tensions, the United States and Turkey still share important common interests. However, Turkey is a growing power and there are significant areas where Turkey’s perspective and interests differ from those of the United States.
The ideals espoused by the Green Movement in Iran continue to hold a strong appeal to the country’s youthful population, but the movement needs to explain to Iranian workers why it would govern better than the current regime if it wants to change the power dynamic in Iran.
Intimidation by Ahmadinejad's regime succeeded in keeping opposition protesters off the streets on the first anniversary of Iran's rigged election. To regain its momentum, the Green Movement must tackle five key challenges.
With its increased regional and global influence, Turkey is in a position to seize a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to challenge Iran for leadership of regional public opinion.
The Turkish government’s handling of its Kurdish minority and the state of its civil-military relations will determine the longevity of the current improvement in Turkish political economy.
Obama's Cairo speech had the admirable goal of improving relations with the Muslim world, but the administration has focused almost exclusively on building bridges with leaders and governments rather than supporting political and human rights.
The flotilla incident is the culmination of a slow drift in Turkish-Israeli relations. As the Israelis are increasingly subject to international opprobrium, Turkey’s strategic importance in the region is ascendant.
The reactions of Arab politicians, writers, and journalists to the Israeli raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid have diverted public debate in the Arab world and undermined efforts to help Gaza.
The involvement of Islamist movements across the Arab world in official political processes has given rise to concerns over the nature and potential repercussions of their participation.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the contested re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While the regime succeeded in quelling the momentum of the Green Movement, the country’s deep internal rifts are far from reconciled.
The Israeli raid on a humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza has been a present for Hamas. The sooner the United States and Israel realize that the popularity of Hamas is the result of failed policies, the better off the peace process will be.
The Gaza flotilla incident highlights not only the unsustainability of the closure of Gaza, but also the unsustainability of the U.S. position discouraging reconciliation between the Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas.
During the last two decades, Egypt has distanced itself from Africa and the countries of the Nile basin by de-prioritizing them within a foreign policy framework and limiting its economic, commercial, and cultural ties with them.
If Turkey manages to continue with improved relations with Iraq, Iraqi Kurds, and its own domestic Kurdish population, then it will have overcome the one of the most important obstacles to its stability.
A nuclear-test-free zone in the Middle East would be a realistic and practical way to lower regional tensions.
Turkey is an increasingly important player in the Middle East. It has embraced modern economic realities and has created a space for the coexistence of democracy, secularism, Islam, science, individuality, and community all in the same society.
The countries of the Maghreb need to shape their policies and programs in order to diversify their trade and financial partners and sever the ties that bind them to the fate of the European economy.