President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s steps to quash dissent exceed the Mubarak era’s in scope and intensity.
Although Morocco is not immune to terrorism, the authorities’ exaggeration of the security threat does more to serve the Ministry of Interior than to fight terrorism.
Talk of Tunisia’s elections has focused on parties and individuals, not issues, leaving many citizens unsure for whom to vote.
Hamas’s small tactical gains are unlikely to translate any short-term popularity boost into long-term political capital.
Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is seeking to take advantage of the Houthi conflict to reestablish his influence and pave the way for his son to take power.
Airstrikes against ISIS will provide the Syrian opposition an opportunity to work alongside countries that long doubted its ability to rule a post-Assad Syria.
The executive branch’s persistent efforts to discourage and punish independent judges have left the judiciary weak and coopted.
Prospects for an independent Kurdish state are hampered by security challenges, internal competition, and insufficient international support.
Heightened tensions in Tripoli are prompting new measures meant to allay Sunni concerns, but these will not work unless the root causes of discontent are addressed.
With the exception of the Islamists, Morocco’s political parties have failed to take advantage of the post-2011 openings in political space.