A major change in the Egyptian government might affect Egypt’s policy toward Gaza and its role in the Arab League, but it is unlikely to have a significant impact on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
While the crisis in Egypt will have major implications across the Arab world, the peace process will not be significantly affected. The country that will be most crucial in charting a new path forward for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is Saudi Arabia, not Egypt.
Other Arab regimes are right to worry about the possibility of an uprising in their own nations; the same combination of economic hardship, political corruption, and repression that inspired protests in Tunisia and Egypt exist in all Arab countries outside the Gulf.
In the wake of the protests, the United States has an opportunity to publicly promote the emergence of governments in the region that respect democracy and human rights and to aid Tunisia and Egypt in making successful democratic transitions.
Although the Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist movement that uses anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric, its primary agenda is to make Egypt better through domestic reform.
While Washington's reaction to the growing unrest in the Middle East will have almost no impact on what actually happens in the Arab world, it will affect the United States’ standing in the region.
Although the wave of protests in Tunisia was set off by economic complaints, the true threat to stability in the Arab world is poor governance.
Recent events in Tunisia and Egypt have shown that protests driven by a range of socio-economic and political demands have a greater chance of achieving change than uprisings that are motivated by religious and political ideologies.
The Middle East is changing in fundamental ways and U.S. foreign policy must evolve to reflect these changes.
Egypt’s continuing unrest has furthered speculation about whether President Mubarak’s government will fall, who might act as a leader for the opposition, and what effect the upheaval will have on U.S.-Egyptian relations.
Unlike in previous periods of unrest in Egypt, when economic and political demands were separated, the ongoing protests integrate calls for bread and butter domestic issues with demands for democratic reform.
Following the failure of the Syrian-Saudi mediation and the collapse of the government, Lebanon is facing significant political divisions and security risks.
With no precedent for regime transition and democratization in the Arab states, reformers in Tunisia are likely to encounter significant complications on the road to democracy.
The recent revolution in Tunisia demonstrates the strong potential for citizens to rise up against authoritarianism and should serve as encouragement for Arab leaders to implement democratic change in their own nations.
If members of former Tunisian President Ben Ali’s regime attempt to use provisions in the country's constitution to retain power, dissatisfaction among opposition members and the Tunisian people could lead to further unrest.
In the wake of increasing sectarian violence in Egypt, it is the responsibility of both the government and civil society to preserve diversity and tolerance and guarantee the political, legal, and religious rights of the nation’s Coptic population.
In the aftermath of the recent parliamentary elections, Egypt faces a legitimacy crisis for the ruling party, internal rifts within the opposition, and ongoing tension between the government and opposition.
Although a new round of talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program is taking place in Turkey, the nation's leaders will play a minimal role in the negotiations as the P5+1 works to curtail an Iranian bomb.
The establishment of an effective cooperative foreign policy with Turkey would get the European External Action Service off to a strong start and demonstrate that both Ankara and Brussels are committed to an ambitious agenda for the wider Middle East.
As the Christian population in Middle Eastern countries dwindles, it will take concerted regional action and international attention to enable Christian-Muslim coexistence in the region.