The Washington tantrum that threatened the global economy over the last several weeks is no isolated instance of some peculiarly American dysfunction.
The bottom line is that after two years of turmoil beginning in the winter of 2011 Mohammed Morsi remains under what the Times describes as "indefini...
The recent and unprecedented Saudi decision to refuse its first-ever seat on the United Nations Security Council, and to downgrade cooperation with the United States, is as baffling as it is significant.
Even if the Arab Spring has not yet arrived in the Gulf, it is becoming apparent that the Saudi's world is changing. The Saudis and the Gulf monarchies are under increasing pressure.
Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?
The story of this "other" media revolution is also a bit counterintuitive to an American audience, which readily identifies the Internet as an empowering and democratizing medium, but has a different experience domestically with the commercialization of news journalism.
In one country: a government shuts down resulting almost 83 percent of its citizens disapproving of its elected legislators. In another country: a government steps down in response to its citizens disapproval, which represented 72 percent of the total Tunisian population.
It seems to me that when it comes to the Middle East, rather than the universal goal regarding human rights that the UN had in mind ever being achieved, the proposed two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while it might prove a temporary solution, in the end will only prolong the outworn and divisive situation.
While Hagel clearly has his views of the world informed in part by a lifetime as a card-carrying Republican, he has shown himself to be the 'quiet do-er,' just getting things done.
Now, after more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more uprooted from their homes or taking refuge in Turkey and Jordan, the muddled situation is becoming clearer.
The excessive, concentrated wealth that extractions industries created has notoriously depressed the empowerment of millions of people throughout modern history. But oil politics and rivalries have an especially destructive retardation effect on freedom in the Middle East.
Despite the number of challenges he has faced, King Muhammad VI has been the only member of the Class of 1999/2000 to successfully weather the Arab Spring. His willingness to engage in genuine reforms and his ability to appeal to opposition groups has set him apart.
Militant Egyptian soccer fans, a key player in Egypt's almost three year-old political rollercoaster, are fighting a battle for their existence in the...
It appears that Tunisians, like the Egyptians before them, have had enough of the Muslim Brotherhood party and want a change in direction in their country.
The wail came from his scorched mouth, "Why do they bomb children at school?" In torment from the burns, the crushed shoulders and neck, remarkably, ...
The #2030NOW Twitter hashtag of this year's Social Good Summit, held in New York during the UN General Assembly week, was meant to be a rallying cry f...