A new layer of ambitious small and midsize powers is emerging in the Middle East, representing a structural shift in the regional order and an opportunity for European diplomacy.
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.
Although Saudi Arabia has appointed a new oil minister, it will most likely continue to maintain its current petroleum production policy.
Despite uncertainties, the latest developments show the Sadrist movement could be a positive force in the Iraqi political scene.
Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s leadership is in question after major protests in Baghdad, most recently with crowds storming the Green Zone and occupying parliament.
The Syrian opposition cannot rely on outside intervention and must solve its leadership and structural problems to overcome future challenges.
Algeria might be more stable because of Bouteflika’s policies, but it still faces significant domestic and regional 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.
In the years since the 2011 protests, rebellions have led to renewed repression in some places and chaos in others, but it may be too soon to say that they have failed.
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.
Riyadh is displaying a new foreign policy activism under the leadership of King Salman and his powerful son.
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.
Five years after the revolution, internal headwinds and regional whirlwinds continue to bedevil Tunisia, jeopardizing its democratic transition.
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.
Amid the volatility of the post-2011 Arab revolts, Salafi ideology and activism have emerged as the locus of societal contention and political controversy.
Delivering on the great expectations of Tunisians means living up to the fundamental principles enshrined in the constitution and their promise of social justice.