The rising Sunni-Shiite divide in the Arab world is a prime example of how the demons of sectarianism can be roused by opportunistic leaders. But a stronger sense of national identity can eventually lay them to rest.
Tripoli has become the focal point for much of the conflict in Lebanon, with potentially significant implications for Lebanon and the region.
A look at both the fine print and the general spirit of the July 3 road map reveals that parts of the road map have been fulfilled, but other important parts have been forgotten, ignored, or violated.
Libya must undertake large-scale institutional reforms in order to resolve its security crisis, and U.S. assistance to Libya is vital as the country grapples with continued violence and instability.
Many Egyptians feel a sense that the United States profoundly misunderstands Egyptian realities and wants to marginalize Egypt.
Past attempts at building national unity are far from encouraging. But for any political party that wants to position itself as a leading force in Palestinian politics, this reconciliation is an opportunity.
Tunisia’s secular parties, largely sidelined since the 2011 revolution, have a chance to gain power—but only if they can tackle internal divisions and learn to cooperate.
Despite its contradictions, Tunisia’s new constitution has paved the way for effective reform. But more work must be done to truly put the country on a stable, democratic path.
Inclusiveness is the only route to stability. With the right approach, any country can succeed in building a better future.
The armed rebellion in Syria has not lost its sting, but it remains considerably less than the sum of its parts.