From the Islamic State in Iraq to Boko Haram in Nigeria, corruption lies at the root of many of today’s international crises.
Four years after efforts to topple authoritarian regimes in North Africa, the road to democratic governance is still incomplete.
Systemic corruption is a great destabilizing force in governments around the world.
The uncertain health of the sultan of Oman has heightened concern about the future of the country. Amid mounting popular frustration, criticism of Qaboos bin Said Al Said has emerged. There are several measures the regime can undertake to avoid further unrest.
The Islamic State’s expansion in Qalamoun is not the real threat to Lebanon’s security—the Nusra Front’s attempt to gain more control along the Lebanese side of the border is.
Members of the Jordanian pilot’s tribe have protested in Amman, pressuring the government to agree to an exchange.
Without a stable political environment, democracy will not take root in the Middle East and North Africa. But thinking only about security is not a long-term solution either.
U.S. officials, military and civilian, should ensure that issues of substantive political reform stay high on the agenda in interactions with their Saudi counterparts. Not in spite of the extremist menace, but because of it.
The succession in Saudi Arabia comes at a time when Saudi foreign policy seems to be collapsing all around the Kingdom.
The Arab world is facing a vacuum of leadership. It is a new era, one that still has unknown repercussions.