U.S. ambivalence toward the popular democratic outbursts of the Arab Spring stems from Washington’s economic and security concerns in the region.
In countries like Syria and Libya, where the situation is still fluid and tumultuous, Tunisia provides a great example of how a transitional election should unfold.
If successful, the Tunisian elections could provide a model for other countries in the region that are experiencing political transitions.
Ongoing protests in Jordan are marked by calls for reforming, rather than replacing, the existing regime and a significant amount of common ground among established opposition groups.
The incremental process of releasing the two jailed American hikers has not only tarnished Iran's international image, it also displayed the continuing tensions between Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad.
The decision by Iranian President Ahmadinejad to release two imprisoned American hikers is primarily part of an attempt to garner good will and demonstrate his political strength.
Russia plays an extremely important role as mediator in the current Libyan conflict. If Moscow can succeed in this role, there would be a clear positive benefit to Libya and its neighbors.
As international attention remains focused on the protests calling for the removal of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s manifold economic problems threaten Yemen and the region.
The Arab Spring is causing tension in the close relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. There is a growing sense in Riyadh that Saudi and U.S. national security interests may be increasingly divergent.
Rather than continuing with the reform rhetoric heard in many Arab countries, rulers who wish to remain in power must engage in serious, measurable, and inclusive efforts at real reform.
Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia are emerging as powerful political players in each country’s transition. Upcoming elections in both countries and the performance of Islamist parties once they are in office will determine their future role in formal politics.
The prosecution of deposed President Hosni Mubarak demonstrates how Egypt is caught between a revolution, with protesters determined to tear down the old regime, and a political transition based around elections.
The United States must engage in a careful balancing act to maintain both its expressed commitment to Arab democracy and its commitment to its relationship with Israel.
The Arab Spring has presented problems for Ankara’s foreign policy of zero problems with its neighbors. The outcome of the popular uprisings in neighboring Syria will ultimately have a significant impact on this policy and on the projection of Turkish power in the region.
Three months into the Arab Spring and after the fall of the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, protests continue across the Middle East and North Africa and the region remains in a state of flux.
As protests continue throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the international community is seeking to curb the increasing violence in Syria, continue military engagement in Libya, and convince Yemen’s President Saleh to step down.
Hezbollah is a key ally to Iran and a chief player in Tehran's agenda to expand its influence and advance its interests throughout the Middle East.
The revolution in Egypt continues, with protesters expressing their determination to take down key figures with connections to the old regime.
An orderly transition of power in Yemen that avoids creating a vacuum with the departure of President Saleh is critical in order to meet the demands of the protesters and maintain stability in the country.
Yemen's failing economy and diminishing oil supply, combined with rising popular protests against the president, have placed the country in a tenuous position.