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.
There is lack of will to be decisive about the conflict in Syria and a staggering lack of understanding, especially on the part of Western donors, of what is actually happening on the ground.
Political Islam is hardly dead, but the movements that lead Islamism into the formal political process are likely to be just a little bit more leery of that path almost everywhere—and perhaps totally shut out of it in Egypt.
The United States must focus more on promoting political and security sector reforms in the Gulf that are critical to long-term regional stability by better integrating its use of military and diplomatic tools.
Reform and stability can co-exist, and the United States must demonstrate the leadership needed to realize that model in the Gulf and help end the political crisis and the violence that afflict Bahrain.
A new security landscape has emerged in Benghazi—one marked by a tenuous division of labor between formal forces led by the military and informal forces comprising the Islamist militias.
Hopes are high that Lebanon’s new cabinet can restore stability. But simmering tensions stemming from Hezbollah and its role in the Syrian conflict threaten to derail progress.
The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not driven primarily by a Sunni-Shiite divide or even Arab-Persian ethnic differences. The conflict is informed by two radically different models of government and two very different visions of regional order.