Saudi Arabia's latest drive to reform its economy will not be cheap or easy although now there seems to be a stronger will to carry out necessary changes than in years past.
When the time comes, new approaches to economic reconstruction are needed in Syria.
For years, there has been debate on the extent to which Islam is compatible with the principles of democracy. Recently, the debate has shifted to a more productive question: when do religious actors decide to support a democratic transition process?
Russia, Iran and Hezbullah must seek a genuine accommodation with the Syrian opposition and a meaningful political transition, otherwise they will have to maintain and police a sullen, nonviable post-war peace.
Fallujah is an opportunity for the central government to regain the trust of Iraq's Sunni population.
Throughout history there are a number of examples of siblings and friends operating together in armed groups.
Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented assertiveness is not a sign of confidence, but rather reflects deep anxieties about a collapsing regional order.
While the international community is focused on the self-proclaimed Islamic State or Iran, most Arabs are focused on improving their lives. Their governments should encourage them.
The Arab uprisings of early 2011 disrupted virtually every dimension of Arab politics and societies. The place of women in politics and the public sphere was no exception.
Despite uncertainties, the latest developments show the Sadrist movement could be a positive force in the Iraqi political scene.
The Syrian opposition cannot rely on outside intervention and must solve its leadership and structural problems to overcome future challenges.
Splits among certain factions have provided a window into the world of the Syrian opposition and its enduring structural problems, internal rivalries, and ties to foreign states.
Gulf complaints about Washington are driven as much by their own deep internal government security concerns and policy failures as by the more conventional explanations such as Iran and Syria.
Iraq must weigh its objectives for market share against the risk that oil prices may fail to rebound if it does not join the production freeze outlined by fellow OPEC members.
With each passing day, disillusionment among Tunisians continues to grow, and with it grows the risk that the consensual fabric that has distinguished Tunisia from other countries in the region may tear.
Unless Riyadh and Washington work toward a new understanding of what each can expect from the other, the pillars supporting the U.S.-Saudi relationship will continue to erode.
Restoring effective policing in Arab states is crucial in order to rebuild social peace, resume economic development and growth, and reintegrate deeply divided political systems and broken state institutions.
Extremist groups offer their supporters simple answers to complex questions through a variety of ideologies.
The partial Russian military pull-out from Syria announced by President Vladimir Putin on March 14 continues to generate considerable commentary.
Security-sector reform in the Arab World cannot happen in isolation from the wider process of democratic transition and national reconciliation.