Table: Tiny Steps toward Progress in the Middle East
Declining living standards and fallout from the Arab-Israeli dispute could produce more turbulence.
SUPPRESSION OF ISLAMIC GROUPS
Governments realize that extremists are dangerous. But they could go underground or offshore.
GRADUAL ECONOMIC OPENING
Governments will have little choice but to try to attract investment--but don't expect fast results.
GLACIAL POLITICAL CHANGE
Regional governments excel at one thing--keeping power. They will only share it reluctantly.