The Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, and a host of state institutions dedicated to Islam are being reshaped profoundly by their growing involvement in politics, often in ways that are difficult to predict and even more difficult for their leaders to control.
With reduced financial and economic resources, President Obama is likely to oversee a partial strategic retreat from the Middle East in his second term.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host one-day conference with high-level experts focusing on the political, socio-economic, and regional implications of the ongoing conflict in Syria and efforts to construct a new Syrian state.
Romney's inconsistent positions on foreign policy, coupled with the prospect of appointing hawkish cabinet ministers, risks greater conflict in the Middle East.
Whereas Obama’s economic policies have been tried and tested over the past four years, Romney's actual economic policy will be harder to predict.
The Arab world is beginning to consider the differences between U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama and to express concern that Romney's election would mean the return of the hawks from President George W. Bush's administration.