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.
Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi is going to have to pay attention to demands for institutional and structural change coming from the protests led by Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr.
The Arab states in transition are confronted with a seemingly intractable task: rebuilding state institutions and social contracts in an era of global change. Conventional approaches to security sector reform that fail to grasp the dilemmas and challenges complicating this effort are certain to fail.
Security-sector reform in the Arab World cannot happen in isolation from the wider process of democratic transition and national reconciliation.
Dismissing the Arab Spring uprisings as failures does not capture how fully they have transformed every dimension of the region’s politics.
The Egyptian government now finds itself in a hard place as it must reform its bureaucracy but risks social discord if it reduces its public sector which employs thousands.