- Al Monitor: New Al-Qaeda generation may be deadliest one (Bruce Riedel, January 24)
- The Guardian: Algeria hostage crisis may be the undoing of jihadi cause in north Africa (Peter Beaumont, January 22)
"Despite Osama of bin Laden's death, al-Qaeda has exploited the Arab Awakening to create is largest safe havens and operational bases in more than a decade across the Arab world. This may prove to be the most deadly al-Qaeda yet."
"Attack suggests poor local support for al-Qaida-like groups as well as strategy failings, and could exacerbate infighting."
- BBC: The complicated legacy of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak (Yolande Knell, January 25)
- Reuters: Five die in Egypt violence on anniversary of uprising (Tom Perry & Yousri Mohamed, January 25)
"In the later years of his presidency, Mubarak was given credit for economic reforms that successfully raised overall growth and investment. However they failed to alleviate poverty; some 40% of the Egyptian population continued to live on $2 a day or less."
"The January 25 anniversary laid bare the divide between the Islamists and their secular rivals. This schism is hindering the efforts of Mursi, elected in June, to revive an economy in crisis and reverse a plunge in Egypt's currency by enticing back investors and tourists."
- BBC: Netanyahu dealt weak hand by voters (Kevin Connolly, January 26)
"The election victory may be his, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerges with a dented reputation and a weak hand as he tries to form a stable government."
- Al Monitor: Qatar's Brotherhood ties alienate fellow Gulf states (Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, January 23)
"The Arab Gulf States may not admit it publically, but a schism is slowly emerging between these countries in the wake of the rise of Islamist powers in the region. Qatar, on the one hand, has wholeheartedly endorsed the new Islamist powers of the Arab world in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood, while the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have been skeptical at best."
- The Observer: Even in Assad's coastal retreat, the war has come and the bombs are dropping (Martin Chulov, January 27)
- The Independent: Assad's Lionesses: the female last line in the battle for Syria (Loveday Morris, January 22)
- CNN: Rebel court fills void amid Syrian civil war (Ivan Watson & Raja Razek, January 26)
"The shells that crunch most hours into the nearby countryside have not yet arrived. But the fear that pervades the communities on the fringes of Latakia is now spreading around the city known throughout the country as the government's stronghold, and possibly its last redoubt."
"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recruited a brigade of women to man checkpoints and carry out security operations as he attempts to free up soldiers in his beleaguered army to fight the rebels."
"The United Courts Council operates without the authority or recognition of any central government. It stands on the opposition-held side of the front lines that divide this city."
- Foreign Policy: America's Saudi Problem (Marc Lynch, January 24)
"Saudi Arabia's hostility toward the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, and its coordinated efforts to block change in the Gulf and in allied monarchies across the region, works directly against the stated American goal of promoting reform."