Some hoped that a liberated Iraq would become a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, and a model for change. This week, President Bush is expected to unveil his latest proposals for political reform in the region.
*White House Reporter for The Washington Post
*Professor of Middle Eastern studies at Johns Hopkins University
*Author of several books on the politics and culture of the Middle East and the Arab world, including The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice Since 1967
Walter Russell Mead
*Senior fellow in U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations
*Author of Power, Terror, Peace, and War : America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk
*Head of research and special projects at Al-Jazeera.net English