Egypt’s economic crisis deprives the regime of the financial and economic resources needed to sustain a solid social base among public sector employees, and hence hinders the consolidation of authoritarian rule.
While Tunisia is often and rightly lauded for its progress, social inequality and regional asymmetries are undermining the country’s democratic transition.
The conflict in Syria is a complex one with different world powers and the Syrian opposition playing different roles that have changed over time.
Incremental practical steps and confidence-building measures offer the best hope for progress toward the creation of a weapons of mass destruction–free zone in the Middle East.
EU and U.S. approaches to reform must be more sophisticated in circumventing the many negative developments and obstacles in today’s MENA region.
The tragic Baghdad bombings are a consequence of the Islamic State's changing tactics and divisions within Iraq's political and security establishment.
Markets largely dictate how the relationship between oil companies and host states will play out, with governments attempting to ensure they receive a ‘fair share’ of petroleum revenues.
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.
Algeria's latest education scandal is one of the worst in its history and could further push citizens to distrust the government.
Chronic disorder among the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s many enemies may enable the extremist group to recover from a string of recent defeats and reclaim the initiative.
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.
Five years after the onset of the Arab Spring, much of the Middle East is in crisis. However, it may be too early to deem the uprisings a failure.
Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented assertiveness is not a sign of confidence, but rather reflects deep anxieties about a collapsing regional order.
The Iraqi Army is facing some significant challenges as it seeks to retake Fallujah from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
In anticipation of the eventual power vacuum in Mosul, Kurdish forces have begun to plan for what comes next in the city, only an hour’s drive from Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital.
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.