Mohamad Bazzi, a journalism professor at New York University, is a former Middle East bureau chief at Newsday. He is writing a book on the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Egypt cannot have a future as a viable, pluralistic democracy without the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation.
The Lebanese militia is now deeply embroiled in the Syrian civil war, which has become part of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The Syrian president is is facing unprecedented pressure rooted in grievances over government repression, corruption, a weak economy and lack of civil liberties. He cannot hunker down and wait for the storm to pass.
The Obama administration's diplomatic engagement with Damascus should not come at the expense of democracy and human rights activists.