Tunisian citizens have lost faith in the system and may no longer see elections as a means of change.
The Egyptian regime may have miscalculated the extent of judicial opposition to its attempts to control appointments of high-ranking judges.
Sarah Yerkes examines the causes behind the ongoing protests in Tunisia, and advises less of a resort to force.
An economy in tatters, rampant corruption, and rising food prices are prompting ordinary Iranians to take to the streets.
For nearly forty years, the Palestinian cause has been at the center of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran for regional preeminence. In the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution, Saudi Arabia seemed ready to present a common front with Iran on the issue of Palestine.
Following the resignation of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the main advocates of democratic change in Egypt failed to create a consensus over how to manage politics going forward.
What began as demonstrations in favor of freedom, democracy and good governance quickly descended into widespread violence and the collapse of several states, such as Syria, Libya and Yemen.
For its democratic transition to survive, Tunisia must simultaneously address the kleptocracy of the previous regime and the emergence of widespread petty corruption.
The argument that is often made against active engagement on human rights issues in Egypt is that no matter what the United States does, the situation will not improve. This is not true.
The Arab Spring failed to quickly change the status quo, but may have set in motion a transformational process that, if managed properly, may can lead to more open and meritocratic societies across the region.