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Gaddafi death could add momentum to Arab Spring

October 20, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi’s death adds welcome momentum to the Arab revolution, allowing Africa’s biggest holder of oil reserves to begin moving towards democracy, like Tunisia and Egypt.

Saudis wouldn’t gain much from a union with Bahrain

May 2, 2012

The house of Saud’s call for Gulf states to move beyond cooperation and combine into a single entity lays the ground for forming a union with the troubled island. Yet Saudi already bankrolls Bahrain and underwrites its security. The benefits of further integration are dubious.

Military throws Egypt into dangerous phase

July 4, 2013

The ousting of President Mursi after one year in power cements divisions and confirms the army as kingmaker. A swift return to civilian rule is critical. But the path is fraught with economic and social risk. The outcome may be less democratic – in Egypt and elsewhere.