Last month I mentioned the Latin America-Arab Summit, which is coming right up. At that point, the big issue was the string of governments recognizing the Palestinian state. What a difference a month makes. Now everyone is focused on Egypt, and as result the summit may be postponed. It does not take too much reading between the lines to figure out why. From Peruvian President Alan García:
"We understand that there is a severe problem of instability in the zone and some (leaders) are wary of leaving the area," Garcia said.
Put another way, authoritarian Middle Eastern leaders do not want to leave their countries and then suddenly find themselves ousted and not allowed back (or allowed back under arrest).