The window of opportunity for Yemen to shape its own future is narrowing. Already the poorest country in the Arab world, the state that seems to be perpetually on the verge of collapse is facing a perfect storm of economic stagnation and chronic insecurity.
The strongest opposition movement in Egypt is facing an existential crisis.
After two decades, several false starts, and many missed deadlines, Israeli efforts to develop an ambitious active missile defense (AMD) program are at last reaching the first stages of operational maturity.
October 2009 was meant to be a pivotal month for Iraq. Hard-won security gains appeared at last to have created enough political breathing room to allow for a long-delayed population count.