One of the many Middle East events that the Obama administration is keeping an eye on: The ongoing criminal investigation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Mubarak, who lost support within the Obama administration during the Egyptian uprising earlier this year, is under detention pending the results of an Egyptian prosecutor's probe of corruption charges. Mubarak denies the allegations.
There is some concern over how a trial of Mubarak would affect the pace of democratic developments in Egypt, including elections later this year.
The deposing of Mubarak also made some U.S. allies in the Middle East nervous, particularly Saudi Arabia.
That explains why two prominent officials have visited Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. The latter brought with him a letter from President Obama to King Abdullah.
In his first public comments since leaving office, Mubarak told Al Arabiya television that "I cannot remain silent in face of the continual campaigns of defamation and false accusations that aim at ruining the reputation and integrity of my family and me."
He added: "I will stick to all my legal rights to have action against everyone who tried to mess with the reputation of me and my family whether inside or outside the country."