The so-called "Arab Spring" began in Tunisia, where "democracy and pluralism are taking root." That's according to President Obama and his newly elected counterpart, Beji Caid Essebsi, writing in today's Washington Post. The US has now designated Tunisia as a "major non-NATO ally." Tamara Wittes is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. She's now Director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.