Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ’s declaration he will step down later this year after almost 30 years of autocratic rule failed to appease protesters who want him to quit immediately, and prompted a call from President Barack Obama for the transition to “begin now.”
Lech Walesa travels to Tunisia today to advise the country’s new leaders on building a democracy after they ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali . Based on Walesa’s experience, the transition may be a long one.
While John Kerry’s frequent trips to the Middle East have generated headlines and created a sense of momentum, there’s little evidence so far that the U.S. secretary of state is close to his goal of producing an Israeli- Palestinian peace agreement.
President Barack Obama has refrained from public comment on Secretary of State John Kerry’s brokering of renewed Mideast peace talks, a reflection of how preliminary the president considers the development.