The violence sweeping across the Arab world isn't a consequence of the Arab Spring, but of decades of dictatorship.
Algiers and Beijing have improved their economic ties, but Algeria can certainly benefit more.
Lebanon has been trying hard to join the club of oil and gas producers but a combination of factors dominated by domestic political infighting have always meant that ambition falls well short of reality.
Hoshyar Zebari, no paragon, has fallen victim to his rivals’ political machinations.
Egypt’s new capital is likely to be another urban failure.
ISIL's oil production maybe in decline but that does not mean the group will simply disappear.
Despite a new IMF deal, Egypt’s economy still has a number of structural reforms that need to be dealt with.
Egypt is in a different league than its neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean when it comes to oil and gas exploration.
The shortcomings that characterized Egypt’s economy before the 2011 uprising remain in place. Until they are addressed, renewed political volatility remains possible.
Egypt’s economic crisis deprives the regime of the financial and economic resources needed to sustain a solid social base among public sector employees, and hence hinders the consolidation of authoritarian rule.