Political progress alone will not bring the positive changes Tunisians seek. Improving their lives first and foremost requires far-reaching economic and social reforms.
The ethnic and sectarian power-sharing systems in Lebanon and Iraq are in crisis.
In some five dozen countries worldwide, corruption can no longer be understood as merely the iniquitous doings of individuals. Rather, it is the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross sectoral and national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns for their members.
Since 2011, nearly half of Syria’s prewar population has been displaced inside and outside the country. Given the scale of displacement, destruction, and territorial fragmentation refugee return will require concerted focus on several key areas.
Despite political progress, socioeconomic frustration is rising, while confidence in institutions is declining. Tunisians are no longer clear about the benefits of democracy, but they are certain that they do not want to go back to the way things were.
It is unrealistic to expect all NATO allies to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense. Yet the metric persists—and it has assumed a significance beyond its face value.
Oil is changing. Conventional oil resources are dwindling as tight oil, oil sands, heavy oils, and others emerge.
The EU’s perspective and action are clearly global in nature. However, the scope of the union’s international ambitions remains uncertain.
Unless the Congress is able to arrest its hasty decline, the party could be writing itself into electoral irrelevance.
Technological advances are driving the development of unconventional oils further and faster than ever before.