The protesters on the streets of Morocco have not been asking for administrative change. Instead, they have been calling for a brand new political system, one where the elected government did something revolutionary: It governed.
The U.S., European Union and others have condemned Bashar al-Assad -- to little effect. The missing international voice has been Syria's northern neighbor, economic benefactor and the Middle East's newest regional power: Turkey.
It's not surprising that key sectors in the West are pushing for a "safe" Turkish model for Egypt. But there are stark differences between Turkey's road to a military-free democracy and the littered path ahead for Egypt's nascent political parties.
Many fear democracy in the Middle East risks anti-American groups coming to power. But according to Gallup research, the U.S. would do well to embrace a democratic Arab world as consistent with our interests and values. Here's why.
The purely authoritarian regimes in the Middle East can loosely be classified into two categories: monarchies and republics. If you want to know who will be most likely to follow the path of Ben Ali and Mubarak, look at the republics.
The administration has been shaken. Officials are undoubtedly worried about a domestic political future in which the question could be -- who lost the Middle East? Like the Cheshire Cat's grin, only the rhetoric of the last decades seems to be left.
One reason that conservatives are divided -- to put it generously -- about democracy in the Arab world is that for many of them their primary concern is not democracy or even the Arab world, but Israel.