People call him "The Godfather of the new Islamist Middle East." Rachid Ghannouchi, whose Ennahdha party won Tunisia's first free elections last November, does indeed spearhead the post-Arab Spring Middle East.
The uprisings of the Arab spring have brought renewed attention to long-standing accusations that kleptocratic regimes throughout the Middle East have plundered their nations' assets. But recovering those assets remains a daunting challenge.
Algeria embraced the popular overthrow of Benali and Mubarak with happiness and pride. More onerously, however, these developments are a sobering reminder of Algeria's recent history.
I spoke with April Longley Alley, Crisis Group Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula, about Yemen's political scene and what comes next for the country, with or without Saleh.
Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian journalist and activist who had survived torture while incarcerated in jail for pushing against the regime, brought his mission to the United States.
After the fall of long-time autocrats comes the hunt for their hidden loot. Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi may be the wealthiest of all, since he is said to control over $150 billion.
In cases in which an Islamist party was elected fairly to power, democracy was indeed dismantled, but not by the Islamists. It was dismantled by the paranoid reaction of America and its allies.
The fall of Egypt's modern-day Pharaoh and the establishment of a true democracy will likely shape that volatile region more than anything since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
In Tahrir Square, the feeling came over me: Egypt is another Iran. I don't mean in the sense that Egypt's revolution will bring a radical, Islamist regime into power.
For all of the stories wired in from Cairo of the yearning for freedom in Tahrir Square, one question is rarely addressed: why now?
Snorre Valen, the Norwegian Member of Parliament who nominated WikiLeaks, was probably on to something.
Ironically, blowback from the propaganda offense claiming the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction now enhances the credibility among Egyptian protesters of a man that same campaign tried to discredit.
Tunisians' sacrifices have created a new moral climate in the region. If Tunisians were willing to make this sacrifice, why shouldn't I also be willing?
I believe the Egyptian people have won a huge battle, and are on the verge of winning what has turned into a war. Egyptians today are not comparable to Egyptians on the morning of January 25.
There is a word in Arabic -- makhlou' -- which means "the fallen" or "the kicked out." It is a word Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is trying desperately to avoid being associated with.
If Hosni Mubarak were logging into Craiglist these days, it might look something like this. Click on image to make it larger. ...