If Algeria is not opened-up to moderate multiparty democracy and the free-market system, it will become a breeding ground for religious extremism. Algeria needs political change, and it needs it quickly.
Smarter cities consider a variety of sectors because urban planning is not just creating "new" and imposing "modern," at the expense of cultural spaces, but preserving what works.
In France, anti-Semitism is often attributed to tension between the Muslim and Jewish communities as well as to critical attitudes toward Israel on the French Left. But, France is a paradox.
Amidst the turmoil that has ensued throughout post-Mubarak Egypt, al-Qaeda has established a stronghold in the Sinai from where jihadists routinely target Egypt and Israel.
Algeria descended into civil war when its military suppressed the country's democratically popular Islamists. Could the same happen in Egypt?
It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?
As the confetti is swept away and the world gets back to work, will 2014 be a banner year or will we be singing that "old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind" a year from now? Here are a few reasons to think the world will be greener a year from now.
While Tunisia has been spared the large-scale human rights abuses and chaotic turmoil of the other post-Arab Spring states, a growing al Qaeda presence threatens to destabilize the country and undermine the democratic aspirations that fueled the Jasmine Revolution.
As Morocco's strategic partner, the U.S. must ensure that its dollars, military support, and political support generate momentum for human rights. Moroccan authorities shouldn't be allowed to presume that their relationship with the U.S. is a blank check.
It is largely thanks to the reforms instituted by the king that Morocco has been so successful in avoiding the political upheaval facing other countries in the region.
Young and old, we can also be inspired by his sheer political courage. The two strengths came together in his brave but futile campaign to end attacks on civilians during the Algerian War, which he hoped would reduce suffering and might lead to dialogue.
Opponents of Qatar's foreign, sports and labor policies are striking at the Gulf state's commercial interests in a bid to either force it to embrace reform or punish it for its support of Islamist groups.
Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.
Until now, Bouteflika has successfully outmaneuvered his political rivals and even his own ailing health, but at a severe cost to his regime's image among the general population. If 2014 elections are to run smoothly and North Africa's last dictatorship is to be preserved, Bouteflika and his allies will need to tread carefully.
The Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem described the Sahara International Film Festival, which will take place in the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Sahara desert next month, as "nothing short of a miracle."
Today, the International Day of the Disappeared focuses attention on victims of enforced disappearance, including the mothers, wives, sisters, family members and communities who are left behind to pick up the pieces after a disappearance.