In a few days, the world will enter a new year. At such a time, people usually hope for the best. But one is puzzled confronting the question: What does the coming year hold for us? Going by the events in the previous year, one is not optimistic. Most likely, the wars in our region will continue — in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Iraq. To a lesser degree, there will be conflict in a places like Lebanon and Egypt, as those countries are not stable yet.
But this has to go beyond Qatar-Egypt differences, and involve all Arab parties interested in security and prosperity of this region. Countries like the Gulf states, Jordan and Egypt can make the difference. If they can also bring in Turkey as well, it would be even better. The tension between Turkey and some Arab states can be resolved easily. The benefit of that will be tremendous for all parties. One hopes that the coming year will bring the hope we have lacked for the last four years. This can happen through hard work and good planning.