--Do you have anything remotely hopeful to say about the trajectory of the Arab Spring today?
As for Syria, 2013 is probably going to be the year of a rebel victory, even though they might not control the entire country until 2014. So what kind of government is going to rule Syria? It's an open question but the Muslim Brotherhood is the best bet.
--Is there anything we or anyone else the United States can do to help influence things in Egypt?
--Is Syria going to use chemical weapons? The U.S. says we’ll take action if they do. What could that look like?
--What happens when Assad goes, one way or another?
--It was a brutal November between Israel and Palestinians – how long is the ceasefire likely to hold?
Are the Palestinians emboldened by its change in U.N. status? What longterm effect does that vote have?
Also, with the UN General Assembly decision on granting Palestine non-member state status, the Palestinian leadership will rush to claim any Israeli counter-attack is an assault on a sovereign state, and there are those who would buy that argument.
What worries you most in the Mideast? In the world?
If you could offer President Obama any advice for his second term, what might it be?