Arab moderation should address all issues of concern to Arab citizens, including reform, rather than focusing on a single issue, like the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Demand for change in the Middle East and North Africa has been building for years, as youth unemployment plagued countries across the region and citizens felt their governments were not being held accountable for growing socio-economic problems.
As Egypt begins its efforts to create a more democratic and inclusive government, Iran seems to be moving in the opposite direct.
Turkey’s role as a political model for the Arab world would prove more compelling if its leaders demonstrated that Turkey is ready to accept democracy everywhere in the region and promoted genuine democratic opportunities for the country's own minorities.
The current protests in Bahrain result from longstanding political tensions that have been rising dangerously in the country for at least the last six months and were building for several years before that.
In both Egypt and Iran, youth are at the forefront of the struggle for change as both governments must struggle to generate jobs for their growing populations and diminish the growing gap between the rich and the poor.
While it is still unclear whether the Egyptian revolution will result in real transition to democracy, since much of the old regime remains in positions of power, there are reasons to be optimistic.
The resignation of President Hosni Mubarak is only the first step in Egypt’s fight for meaningful democratic change. It remains to be seen whether structural change and real democracy will be implemented in the country.
Egyptian citizens must participate in rebuilding their country’s institutions throughout the current transition, in order to secure a democratic transformation and institute a society of social justice and equal opportunity.
As protests continue to grow in the Middle East, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, and Bahrain are now threatened by the wave of discontent.