I have seen news stories, commentaries and tweets implying that our findings have good news for the Muslim Brotherhood, bad news for the military and surprising news about the US, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In fact the results are far more complex and nuanced.
The emerging democratic model that Egyptians will produce will most likely become a model for an Arab world longing for an end to autocratic rule that has left Arabs lagging behind the rest of the world.
Logical analysis spells out democratic elections in Syria, not too far from now. Syrians are certain that once the violence stops, Syria will march toward a real democracy, just like Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Egypt.
The goal would be to temper the Islamicization of society and to ensure a moderate, balanced set of laws that does not ignore Islam but provides spaces for true democratic norms and protections for free speech and minorities.
Regardless if the regime stays or not, political Islam is on the rise, they claim, and the Islamists will eventually overtake the Syrian parliament in democratic elections. A closer look, however, might prove otherwise.
The future of the Arab World, whether seculars like it or not, is going to be in the hands of Islamic parties-- at least -- for the foreseeable future. This trend, just like Arab nationalism before it, will not last forever.