Strengthening the Lebanese army would require the political will to formulate a national defense strategy that includes a serious procurement program.
Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood sees a change in leadership, but will the group change its activities or approach towards the al-Assad regime?
Electoral reforms take a back seat while family and confessional politics continue to dominate in Lebanon.
Will Jordan's proposed electoral reform gain wide public support or will it prove too threatening to the familial and tribal foundation of the Hashemite monarchy?
Hamas is capitalizing on Palestinian anger over Israeli steps in Jerusalem to incite unrest. But do Palestinian Authority leaders believe a third intifada would serve their interests?
Impunity and lack of accountability fuel corruption in Iraq. The parliament to be elected March 7 will need to address these issues to gain the public trust.
In the lead up to March 7, machinations that include Iraqi and non-Iraqi players are beginning regarding government formation.
Intra-Kurdish politics will be particularly intense in the March 7 Iraqi parliamentary elections. The results will show whether the longstanding KDP-PUK balance is still relevant or Gorran is here to stay as a political force.
The March 7 Iraqi elections will show how far Sunnis have progressed in their evolution from armed resistance to political participation, and whether they can unify to improve their strategic standing vis-a-vis the Shi'i community.
March 7 parliamentary elections will be an important test for the new Iraq that is emerging; meanwhile the U.S. administration has not yet considered what role Iraq will play in the region.
President Mahmoud Abbas's difficulties have torn the veil from competition going on inside his Fatah movement. Outsiders might find it surprising who the real contenders for Palestinian leadership are.
King Abdullah's November 2009 dissolution of the parliament was welcomed by the opposition, particularly Islamists, because it affords an opportunity to address the country's electoral law and representation of citizens of Palestinian origin.
The new Iraqi electoral law reveals much about ongoing debates and power struggles in the country, particularly between Arabs and Kurds.
What is the survival strategy of Hamas inside the West Bank, in light of strong pressure from Fatah and Palestinian security forces?
The July 2009 provincial elections changed not only political life in Iraqi Kurdistan, but also the outlook for national elections in January 2010.
Whichever bloc wins in upcoming parliamentary elections, the trend of growing Hizballah power is likely to continue.
Awakening movement members are being integrated in the country's politics as well as its security forces.
Holding a General Congress is a critical step for Fatah in selecting new leadership and competing with Hamas. Can the movement overcome intense competition between older and younger generations on one hand, and politicians and military members on the other?
Hamas has faced pressures to recognize Israel and give up "resistance" since its 2006 election, and such issues are at the heart of the Fatah/Hamas talks in Cairo. Egypt wants to keep the pressure up on Hamas, but also wants the talks to succeed. Which way will Hamas go?
Greater U.S. openness to Syria has brought forth surprising candor from Syrian officials on the state of the economy, the need for reforms, and the effect of U.S. sanctions.