As the crisis in Libya continues, it is important to figure out how to put an end to the four-month conflict and to agree on a road map for the reconstruction of the ravaged country.
Political forces in Egypt today face a dilemma: either proceed ahead expeditiously to elections in order to end the post-revolutionary rule of the military or slow down the electoral timetable and prioritize the writing of a new constitution.
Morocco's political future will be determined not only by the king’s actions in the coming months, but also on the capacity and willingness of Moroccan political organizations to build on the opportunities the new constitution, presented on June 17, offers them.
As the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq nears, many challenges still lie ahead in order for the Iraqi government to achieve sovereignty and political stability. Pressing concerns remain regarding security, constitutional reforms, and the role of tribes.
Although the international community had high expectations for what Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad could accomplish, Fayyad’s prime accomplishment was staving off the collapse of those Palestinian institutions that already existed.
The strength of Egyptian institutions and continuing post-revolutionary enthusiasm will help Egypt overcome the growing political chasm between Islamist and non-Islamist political forces inside the country and the political mistakes made by the country’s ruling council.
Beirut’s new Hezbollah-dominated government will return some measure of predictability to the country’s governing institutions, but Lebanon’s stability remains fragile as the government faces a number of serious challenges.
The sooner Yemen can move past the current political crisis, the sooner its serious challenges of poor governance, unemployment, resource depletion, and a collapsing economy can be tackled.
Syrian refugees crossing the border into Turkey are forcing Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to rethink his relationship with Syrian President Assad and making it increasingly likely that he will chart a course on Syria that is more antagonistic toward Damascus.
As international attention remains focused on the protests calling for the removal of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s manifold economic problems threaten Yemen and the region.