As it celebrates the fifth anniversary of January 14, Tunisia is asking itself, not who will come to its rescue, but when its destiny will be fulfilled, for the sake of peace in the Mediterranean and the world.
The antagonism and deadlock between the military and their opposition, notably the Islamists, will eventually lead to the emergence of new, decentralized and violent groups as witnessed in Syria. It's the ultimate sign of a "failed state."
Women understand the plight of the underprivileged people -- yet, they are often excluded from participating in key decisions-making roles. The revolutions in the Middle East offer a chance to change this equation. The traditional approach -- tokenism -- is a demonstrated failure.
Even in a predominantly religious and conservative Arab world, the under-30, the most populous generation of Arabs, is determined to sustain a strong trend toward more civilian participation and representative government. It's a genie-out-of-the-bottle predicament.
The irony of the Western invention of the "Arab Spring" is that regardless of citizenry remonstrations for "self-determination," we still continue to see the Arab region in our eyes and not through theirs.
Anyone rooting for Egyptians and the progress of their revolution was up against a nerve-racking week of news and analysis surrounding the one-year anniversary of the first coordinated protests at Tahrir Square.
American women take for granted, and sometimes even bemoan, the soccer-mom type need for driving themselves and others around on errands. Yet for years, my Saudi friends in America have held out this commonplace activity as a hope.
What the Arab uprisings revealed is that today's people desire less a unified ideology around a single leader or leadership that touts triumphalism over some form of evil and more a system of sound governance.
Much work remains to be done, particularly given the changes in the world that have occurred this year. In the Arab states where democracy is taking root, public diplomacy can reinforce not just U.S. relations but also aid the state-building process