Egypt’s new constitution will not heal the country’s deep political wounds but it could result in a more powerful and coherent government.
Pluralism needs to be the underlying foundation for the political operating system of the Arab world.
There is a real danger that international observers monitoring Egypt’s constitutional referendum will lend legitimacy to a flawed and undemocratic process.
The Syrian refugee crisis is mostly being addressed as a tragic outcome of the violence in Syria. However, it is not separate from politics and could well result in the redrawing the region’s political map.
The Syrian regime’s militarization of the conflict and the subsequent escalation of the fighting, fueled by a multitude of actors, have set Syrians’ sights even more narrowly on their local regions.
Barack Obama has had a tough year. Does 2014 portend more of the same?
The contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia is manifesting itself vividly in Syria, and now Lebanon is rising as the next geopolitical battleground for the two regional powers.
Egypt’s new constitution and referendum are more likely to exacerbate tensions and divisions in the country’s politics than to form part of a democratic transition.
It is time for the United States to abandon its involvement in G8’s “Forum for the Future” and redirect its efforts toward designing a more constructive regional platform for direct dialogue with Arab civil society.
Twenty years after the Oslo Accord, nothing—not even the Arab Spring—appears to be capable of shaking the Israeli-Palestinian status quo.