The transformations underway across the Middle East present both an opportunity and a challenge for U.S. policy in the region, as new actors enter the political stage with positions, goals, and political weight that are still difficult to judge.
Jordan and Morocco's prospective membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council could ease political and socio-economic tensions in the two monarchies, therefore reinforcing the Gulf's economic and strategic interests and security.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s tight control over the Freedom and Justice Party could produce tension between those seeking large numbers of votes for the party and others who wish to focus on fulfilling the Brotherhood's mission.
The European Union’s response to the dramatic events in Egypt has shown that in a fast-moving environment the Union has difficulty reacting in the way required of a serious global player.
Western support towards democratic transformations in the Middle East will require walking a fine line between welcome support and unwelcome interference.
Calls for mass demonstrations after Friday prayers on May 27 indicate the frustration some Egyptians feel toward a political process were elites remain in power.
The prosecution of deposed President Hosni Mubarak demonstrates how Egypt is caught between a revolution, with protesters determined to tear down the old regime, and a political transition based around elections.
Following the protests and upheaval throughout the Arab world, Syrians took to the streets beginning on March 15, demanding a more responsive and democratic government. What happens in Syria in the coming months will play a critical role in the future of the region.
The United States must engage in a careful balancing act to maintain both its expressed commitment to Arab democracy and its commitment to its relationship with Israel.
Five years after the adoption of the new Iraqi constitution, the status of Kirkuk remains a flashpoint that threatens Iraq’s future stability.