Hamad Bin Khalifah Al-Thani has abdicated as Emir of Qatar, a move which again underlines Qatar's atypical politics. The Emir leaves behind a huge legacy that has changed the character of his state. Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the new Emir, has some big shoes to fill.
The mere election of Hasan Rouhani should be considered revolutionary as it repudiates the extremist ideology of Iranian hardliners. However, whether the new Iranian leader will be able to affect any change remains to be seen.
The date for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has been dubbed the ‘National Day of Sovereignty’, but the quest for Iraqi stability is not over yet. Iraqi politicians and US officials alike must now commit to encouraging the war-torn country to stand on its own feet.
The Lebanese elections were carried out peacefully, demonstrating progress in the democratic process, but a successful day of polling cannot completely cover remaining tensions between 'March 14' and 'March 8'.
Obama’s Cairo speech has fulfilled the Obama administration’s determination to change in tone and substance the US dialogue with the Muslim world. It revealed an understanding of current political realities and the core beliefs of all parties. Through personal engagement he emphasised that violence should be rejected as a political tool. While Obama will have won credit to manage the challenges...