The transitional governments in both Egypt and Tunisia must negotiate with their respective political parties and protesters to forge an understanding of what must be done in the next few months and what will have to wait until after elections.
Polarization in Tunisia may prove less divisive when writing a new constitution than many domestic and foreign observers fear.
Any contact between Washington and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is likely to be limited, and officials on both sides should have modest expectations for what the dialogue might accomplish.
The first phase of the Arab Spring showed general agreement on the goal of unseating dictators. However, no consensus exists about the second phase: what system of government and society should be chosen to replace the previous one.
The trial of deposed President Hosni Mubarak by Egypt’s regular judiciary underscores the challenges facing the courts. Amid the spectacle of the proceedings, there are several laudable aspects.
Turkey’s Kurdish question is that country’s single most important problem. It is and has always been a political problem. Successive Turkish governments have sought to resolve it either through repressive military and occasionally economic means.
The Arab revolutions sweeping across the Middle East are generating significant change in the regional order. The oil-producing Gulf Cooperation Council finds itself dealing with a rapidly shifting political reality spanning from Morocco to Bahrain.
The success of Turkey's foreign policy depends on the ability of the country's leadership to manage the tension between its proclivity for unilateralism and the proven benefits of multilateralism.
Since coming to power in 1970, the Syrian regime has had an uneasy relationship with the Palestinians. While Syrian presidents have consistently claimed to champion the Palestinian cause, but in practice relations have often fluctuated.
The gap between Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian society has become unbridgeable, creating a situation where Khamenei's authority is increasingly maintained through coercion and Machiavellian power politics.