Sectarianism

Darkness descends upon the Arab world. Outsiders compete for influence and settle accounts. The peaceful demonstrations with which this began, the lofty values that inspired them, become memories.

Three distinct timelines are shaping developments in the Middle East. Understanding each is essential to craft an effective strategy in the region.

States in Middle East are becoming weaker than ever, as traditional authorities, whether aging monarchs or secular authoritarians, seem increasingly incapable of taking care of their restive publics

Maliki

Nouri al-Maliki’s fitful departure from Iraq’s premiership recalled many other cliffhanger exits by unpopular political leaders.