The institutions of the Egyptian state that used to command respect because they were seen as being above the political fray—the judiciary as well as the army—now seem to be very willing participants in the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Faced with a series of regional challenges and coming under intense international pressure to pull out from Syria, Hezbollah has been pushed to embark on an exercise of self-review and to make compromises at home.
Only when Arab societies and their elected leaders truly embrace tolerance, diversity, the peaceful rotation of power, and inclusive economic growth will the promise of a new Arab world be realized.
The growing influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the National Defense Force may eventually lead to President Bashar al-Assad’s demise.
Without the muscular involvement of a powerful labor union, it is unlikely that Tunisia’s remarkable political settlement would have come about.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and possible future incursions into eastern Ukraine could reshape the geopolitical map of Europe and derail cooperation between Moscow and the West for years to come.
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.