Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states are using their wealth to counter external challenges (Iran) and internal ones (the Arab Awakening).
The West's refusal to engage in substantive disarmament undermines its credibility to Iran.
Don't expect a virtual embassy and public diplomacy to have much effect on Iranians.
Tunisia is an indication that the U.S. recognizes it's been riding dark horses in the Middle-East for too long.
North Korea seeks to avert the internal turmoil which followed the death of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il's father.
New Israeli legislation limits and taxes contributions to organizations opposed to the occupation.
Moncef Marzouki's inauguration as president of Tunisia was a precious moment to Tunisians.
For sheer chutzpah, nothing can beat the U.S. request to Iran for the return of the downed drone.
Given the history of Western support for corrupt secular governments, the popularity of moderate Islamist parties should come as little surprise--nor should it be cause for concern.
In Tunisia, the Obama administration has no choice but to make peace with political Islam.