What is at stake in Turkey is the issue of fundamental freedoms in the daily life of Turkish citizens and the limits on an elected government’s way to exercise authority.
Ubiquitous social media use is pulling back the curtain on governments' reliance on old tactics—policymakers can no longer rely on media censorship, public pressure, and overt force.
The recent Gezi Park protests in Turkey, combined with the effects of the Syria crisis, should make accelerating the peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) an important priority for the Turkish government.
Often held up as a model for the Muslim World, Turkey is at an unprecedented turning point. While some have argued that recent protests signify a failure of the Turkish model, these widespread demonstrations may in fact represent a new and improved chapter.
Regardless of the path the prime minister chooses to take to deal with protests, the rejuvenation of political debate in Turkey ensures that the country has a brighter future.
Women in the Middle East and North Africa continue to struggle to gain access to job opportunities and remain vulnerable to poverty.
Embroiled in the spillover from the Syrian conflict, Jordan faces an enormous challenge. The country must focus on political and economic reforms, and needs outside help, too.
After President Obama’s visit to Jerusalem last month, there were high hopes in Washington and NATO for a turning point in relations between Israel and Turkey.