In the aftermath of the recent parliamentary elections, Egypt faces a legitimacy crisis for the ruling party, internal rifts within the opposition, and ongoing tension between the government and opposition.
While Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has succeeded in maintaining political power, the new government still faces significant challenges, including complex political alliances that could undermine much needed legislation.
As the Christian population in Middle Eastern countries dwindles, it will take concerted regional action and international attention to enable Christian-Muslim coexistence in the region.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement marked the end of two decades of civil conflict in Sudan and was the culmination of peace negotiations to find a comprehensive, lasting solution to the conflict that had divided north and south Sudan.
At the beginning of the second decade of the twentieth century, the Arab world faces a number of significant political, economic, cultural, and social challenges that must be overcome.
The economic and social conditions of Egypt’s youth require the government to take concrete actions to reform the education, labor, and credit markets.
While the National Democratic Party was able to manipulate the parliamentary elections in order to secure victory for their candidates, they have not managed to guarantee Gamal Mubarak’s succession in the upcoming presidential elections.
While almost every economy in the Middle East and North Africa region is projected to accelerate in 2011-2012, significant downside risks to this forecast remain.
It is increasingly clear that reform in the Arab world depends less on the structure of formal political processes and institutions than on power relations among factions within Arab nations.
Egypt’s recent parliamentary elections created a host of problems for the ruling party, not the least of which is that they drained nearly all remaining credibility from the country's electoral system.