FRANCIS MATTHEW: Mursi’s victory in Egypt’s presidential elections means that the governments of the GCC are in a position of having to work with a Muslim Brother.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: Demand for reform in Saudi does not focus on the current leadership, but instead seeks more open social practices, more inclusion and less corruption.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: If the opposition wants to win over the army or security forces, it must distinguish between supporters of Al Assad’s regime, and Alawites in general.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: It is sad young Arabs and Muslims see NATO as an expeditionary force striking at the convenience of the White House
FRANCIS MATTHEW: It’s likely to succeed if it focuses on ways to make the existing GCC work better, rather than offer any new political structure.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: Government has a huge influence on what is reported, even if in theory the relationship is supposed to be at a distance.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: This regional popularity is an asset and the UAE should make every effort to nurture the conditions that built this reputation.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: In all Gulf states government dominates the economy. That dependence fosters a lack of entrepreneurial motivation.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: Just because the religious parties are far better prepared for this new public debate, they should not overplay their hand.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: The adherence to old ways damages the acceptance of a new institutional attitude. It can also be mis-used.