The Arab Awakening unleashed the power of ordinary citizens seeking a better life. But the victories of the "people's revolution" appear to be temporary as efforts to establish effective new governments drift and falter, writes Marc Sabbagh, a recent graduate of Rice University and a Master of Arts candidate at Johns Hopkins University's Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in the Baker Institute Blog. In Egypt, for example, "any unifying factor that drove the February 2011 revolution, including the patriotism of the early days of the uprising, has disappeared in the confusion and lack of direction that now permeates [the country"s] politics," he says.

Read Sabbagh"s June 20, 2012, Baker Institute blog post, "After the Arab Spring: A crisis of leadership."