Armenia and Turkey have a chance to move forward from their troubled past by ratifying the historic protocols signed in October 2009. While the governments in both Yerevan and Ankara face strong opposition to the protocols, a failure to ratify the agreement could have disastrous consequences for the entire region.
While growing Islamic extremism in Yemen is alarming, in the longer term it is the country’s domestic challenges that threaten to bring Yemen to its knees, with potentially destabilizing consequences for the region.
U.S. rhetoric has become more closely aligned with European positions on the Arab-Israeli peace process and democracy and human rights promotion in the Middle East, but there has not been a significant increase in transatlantic cooperation on these issues.
President Obama’s self-imposed deadline for closing the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay has passed. It may take years to fully close the facility because the real problem is not only Guantanamo, but the entire U.S. detention policy.
While a greater degree of pluralism has been introduced into Arab societies, they are still likely to grapple with political apathy, low voter turnout, dwindling membership in registered parties, and shrinking constituencies for the foreseeable future.
Yemen faces a great and growing number of challenges which need to be addressed immediately, or there is a very real risk that the country will collapse, becoming a safe-haven for al-Qaeda and destabilizing the entire Gulf region.
Iran’s nuclear ambitions pose a challenge to international nonproliferation goals. The international community must find a way to ensure Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology while preventing Iran from developing atomic weapons.
Shahram Chubin and Christoph Bertram presented an in-depth analysis on the aftermath of the Iranian election, and what it meant and will continue to mean for the world.
Turkey is currently in the process of redefining its identity as a global actor, providing Europe and the U.S. with opportunities to build relations with Istanbul that will help advance their Middle East agendas.
The recent crisis in Gaza, upcoming Israeli elections, and Iraq’s provincial elections are reshaping the political landscape in the Middle East and providing new opportunities for Europe and the United States to play a constructive role.