The bargain underpinning stability in the Middle East—a share in the state’s largesse in exchange for political submission—is coming undone. Unless leaders strike a new deal with their citizens, greater turmoil will come.
In many Muslim countries, mainstream Islamist parties are taking an increasingly secular approach to politics. By doing so, they may risk cutting off the religious elements of society that created them.
Israel’s national security strategy can seem baffling, but it is defined by a coherent logic: that the country’s problems have no near-term solutions and waiting them out might make them easier to deal with later.