A Christian Science perspective: Ultimately, it doesn't matter who gets the credit; what matters is that the work is getting done.
One school in Chicago shows the promise and pitfalls of a federal effort to turn around the nation's bottom-tier schools.
In Western history, state churches had to be weakened, monarchies discarded, and the 'divine right of kings' forfeited for democracy to grow. Which institutions and traditions are Arab nations prepared to give up? Something more than strongmen have to go if the new is to replace the old.