Health service delivery is high on the agenda in the Arab world. The international community must focus on increasing government efficacy and improving accountability, which can both lead to reform that will in turn expand and protect opportunities, health, and well-being in the Arab world.
Only through the painstaking process of constructing an Arab world defined by pluralism and tolerance can the dream of freedom and opportunity for the region be realized.
The first hearing of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been hotly anticipated by many. But the likelihood of the hearing’s having a significant impact on Lebanese political dynamics is low.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is trying five suspects for the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. Getting here has been difficult, but international justice is worth it.
The nature of the Syrian revolution is particularly complex. A deeper social reading on Syria is required to further understand the violence in Syria and the importance of its timing during the Arab uprisings.
Egypt’s new constitution will not heal the country’s deep political wounds but it could result in a more powerful and coherent government.
Pluralism needs to be the underlying foundation for the political operating system of the Arab world.
There is a real danger that international observers monitoring Egypt’s constitutional referendum will lend legitimacy to a flawed and undemocratic process.
The Syrian refugee crisis is mostly being addressed as a tragic outcome of the violence in Syria. However, it is not separate from politics and could well result in the redrawing the region’s political map.
The Syrian regime’s militarization of the conflict and the subsequent escalation of the fighting, fueled by a multitude of actors, have set Syrians’ sights even more narrowly on their local regions.