Mega-events and campaigning for office in international sports associations empower activists and put nations at risk of reputational damage.
In 2011, the Kingdom hired PR wizard and former police chief John Timoney, who is well-known for his repressive police tactics used against political dissidents in the U.S. More than two years after the uprising, Timoney's contract is nearly up and the assessment in Bahrain is bleak.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is countering foreign criticism of his pro-Assad policy and Russia's declining credibility in sections of Arab public opinion by forging ties with Islamist detractors.
The Iranian government wants to prevent the simmering opposition from surfacing and using a Rafsanjani candidacy as a cover to reignite 2009's protest movement.
Like in Indonesia, the question of military reform in Egypt is complicated by public perception of the police and security forces, who are widely viewed as not only brutal but also incompetent and corrupt.
You heard it here, the former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton was right. Like she said, "what does it matter?". What does matter is that the Congress is wasting our time and money rehashing rhetoric instead of reason.
Reyhanli is a town on the Turkish side of the border with Syria. Nothing special to write about this sleepy coastal town, until two days ago that is. Out of the blue, two car bombs exploded there, leaving a trail of blood and misery with 43 innocent civilians dead.
Everyone I visit talks about freedom, a future in Syria beyond this horror. There is so much suffering, but in the suffering there is a unity that catches me by surprise.
In my baby boomer lifetime, I have watched well intentioned presidents and their advisors repeatedly lead the country into wars that kill and maim our young people, drain our economic resources, do not advance our national security, and in retrospect should never have been fought.
Arab esteem and gratitude toward the United States would decisively shift for the better if it helps to save the people of Syria. Here is a case where American interests and values are in lock step with the Arab world's most urgent aspirations.
Next week's Asian Football Confederation presidential elections designed to elect a leader to clean up two years of alleged financial mismanagement and unethical business conduct are increasingly marred by doubts that real reform is on the horizon.
There have been numerous reports about the use of chemical/biological materials by the Assad regime, but if only two cases can be substantiated, it indicates that the regime has not yet resorted to a wholesale use of this weapon.
The Asian Football Confederation has had a foretaste of questions and issues that are likely to be raised if Bahrain Football Association head Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa , widely viewed as a frontrunner, wins the group's May 2 presidential election.
Egyptian authorities have expanded the ban on fans attending matches to include international as well as domestic games in a bid to prevent violence that is likely to backfire and spark renewed incidents in a country that is reeling from economic decline.
The Syrian crisis can, though not inevitably so, develop into an all-out regional calamity. Preventing it is henceforth a major challenge, and Patriot missiles in Jordan are an important step along this road.
With tension building on both shores of the Gulf, the stakes are high for regional governments as well as the international community as they could threaten shipping in the Straits of Hormuz as well as create domestic turmoil in both the Gulf states and Iran.