Cordesman Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: the other Side of Security My bold, this Arab spring malarkey isn't likely to be brief. Expect a bumpy couple of decades with regular oil shocks. The main report is worth reading. It has lots of graphs that are illuminating. Saudi scores very high on repression, as does Libya. Libya actually has a pretty respectable adult literacy rate, comparable with Lebanon. Libya is pretty bad on corruption but not as bad as Iraq. Both Libya and Iraq have terrible scores on government effectiveness. Iraq scores well on democracy, not as well as Lebanon, Libya scores badly but Saudi is worse. Both Iraq and Libya are very poor on rule of law. Libya did score well on political stability, Iraq scores very badly, slightly worse than Yemen, Iran and Lebanon aren't much better. Both Libya and Lebanon score high on inequality, Bahrain is the most equal, Qatar the least. Qatar's score are generally good. Libya spends sod all (1.2% of GDP) on its military which is nice, Oman is spending over 10%.