The political impasse of Bahrain is a festering wound in the Gulf. If left unaddressed, it will eventually threaten U.S. assets and people.
Egyptians know very little about the man who will likely be their next president—including whether he can untangle the knot of problems ensnaring the country.
There have been a series of steps that have attempted to close down dissent in Egypt, but protests continue.
Egypt’s main legal problem is an authoritarian political order and an isolated judiciary that softens some of its rough edges but enforces other ones.
Egypt is far more violent and unstable than it has been in decades. With government repression driving a cycle of political violence, a different approach is needed.
Politics in the Middle East are polarized and fragmented. The Arab Spring’s citizen-led spirit of reform is still alive, but societies are torn apart by bitter tensions.
Egypt’s chronically weak non-Islamist political parties will be tested in crucial elections in 2014. Here is at look at the major players and the flaws holding them back.
The Syrian military’s recapture of Yabroud has severely weakened an already fragmented opposition.
Democracy can flourish in the Middle East, but it will take decades and will require major political and cultural change.
Pluralism is a necessary precondition for people to move towards inclusive, democratic societies that will tolerate different points of views and lay the groundwork for prosperity and stability.