The only foundation that will work is that of international law and human rights. Until then, the Arab Spring will not blossom from the long Palestinian and Israeli winter.
Barack Obama’s Mideast speech shows that the United States has not yet adapted to the regional realities brought about by the Arab Spring.
President Obama has the chance to completely retool U.S. policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring – but it doesn’t look likely that he will.
Does Turkey provide a political and economic model for the democracy activists in the Arab world?
Behind the scenes, deposed Tunisian President Ben Ali’s old security network is still a force to contend with.
The protests in Syria are encouraging, but Bashar al-Assad will pull out all the stops before he leaves voluntarily.
Iran’s inner turmoil and the rapid change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa don’t bode well for its regime.
This is too hot to be an Arab Spring.
His greatest magic trick was to persuade the United States and its allies to expend enormous sums of money to fight a small, isolated, and anachronistic force that operated on the very margins of the Muslim world.
This could have been a moment to replace vengeance with cooperation, replace war with justice.
In the midst of the Arab Spring, which directly rejects al-Qaeda-style small-group violence in favor of mass-based, society-wide mobilization and non-violent protest to challenge dictatorship and corruption, does the killing of Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the “unfinished business” of 9/11?
The Obama administration has hardly said a peep about the need for democracy in Saudi Arabia or the other oil-rich states of the Gulf, even as those regimes are cracking down on the small but growing number of democracy activists in their midst.
It’s raining bullets in Libya, with cold hearts prevailing in Oman.
The Internet and social networks are less responsible for the Arab Spring than old-fashioned activism.
During the upheavals sweeping the Arab world, a common refrain among hawkish supporters of Israel has been that the Arab street is indifferent to the plight of the Palestinians.