The Assad regime’s instinct to survive at any cost closed off opportunities for change in Syria, yet contentious politics was possible and is still taking place.
As Lebanon begins negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, the two sides will have to find the least painful path to adjustment in the country.
AMER BISAT, MARCEL CASSARD, ISHAC DIWAN
Extreme inequality underlies recent protests throughout the Middle East. Without drastic structural reform, a larger storm is brewing in the region.
The United States, Russia, and Iran have chosen markedly different approaches to security assistance in the Middle East, with dramatic implications for statebuilding and stability.
ROBERT SPRINGBORG, F.C. “PINK” WILLIAMS, JOHN ZAVAGE
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In an interview, Makram Ouaiss says Lebanese politicians may provoke a new trash crisis to reach their favored waste solutions.
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International and expert attention is increasingly focused on the impending challenges of reconstruction, repatriation, and reconciliation following the devastating wars and state failure which followed the Arab uprisings of 2011.
MAHA YAHYA, MARC LYNCH, FREDERIC WEHREY, FRANCES Z. BROWN, DALIA GHANEM-YAZBECK
The Israeli and Palestinian communities are growing ever closer physically while remaining separated politically. Any solution must adequately address the needs of both sides.
EDWARD P. DJEREJIAN, MARWAN MUASHER, NATHAN J. BROWN, SAMIH AL-ABID, TARIQ DANA, DAHLIA SCHEINDLIN, GILEAD SHER, KHALIL SHIKAKI