The argument that is often made against active engagement on human rights issues in Egypt is that no matter what the United States does, the situation will not improve. This is not true.
The Arab Spring failed to quickly change the status quo, but may have set in motion a transformational process that, if managed properly, may can lead to more open and meritocratic societies across the region.
To date, no clear consensus has been reached on whether natural wealth such as hydrocarbon’s is a blessing or a curse, and no comprehensive methodology has been established.
Opening up to private sector investment is the only way forward for Arabian Gulf countries.
The ideas of religious moderation and social modernization have been steadily pushed on the defensive in the four decades since 1979. Any effort to reverse 1979, therefore, must be welcomed in the Subcontinent.
The United States should not commit massive resources to roll back Iranian influence in Syria. President Donald Trump’s call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have headed that off.
The political landscape remains unchanged and the National Liberation Front and the National Democratic Rally are likely to win the majority of the seats in the upcoming Algerian elections.
The liberation of the town of Rawa promises the end of a particularly dangerous phase in the history of Iraq. But what the country faces next is a far more complex and potentially fateful struggle.
Saad Hariri's suspension of his resignation was due to the intervention of France and Egypt.
The perception that the United States is seeking the removal of the North Korean and Iranian governments has negative effects that remain underappreciated in Washington
Today, oil is facing mounting pressure as the world tries hard to move towards a greener, cleaner future and vows to end the age of fossil fuels.
Oman recently became the first Middle Eastern country to join the very small club of unconventional oil and gas producers, currently led by the United States.
Saad Hariri's accommodating approach to Hezbollah fueled Saudi angst.
Under Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh has morphed into an independent force striking out aggressively at home and adventurously abroad, dragging Washington with them.
In Saudi Arabia, a young prince with limited experience in governance is making an unprecedented bid for control. If he succeeds, the impact could very well change Saudi Arabia and its regional role for years to come.
The recent arrests of several Saudi political figures reinforce long-standing trends toward heightened centralization and more restive public discourse in the kingdom.
The sweeping arrest of royals and officials in Saudi Arabia has removed many of the last checks and balances to executive power in the country.
The arrests of key Saudi figures should be understood in the context of interaction between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s short window for domestic power consolidation and the kingdom’s unsettled regional position.
The Iran Deal may not be perfect but the decision by the Trump Administration weakens oversight mechanisms and causes rifts between America and its European allies.
Egypt temporarily lifted its state of emergency this month, but while this may have seemed to be a victory for the people it was actually a triumph for the security state.