Arab World

Dispatch

Ghost President

Algeria's ailing, invisible strongman is a lock to win a fourth term as president. But things are not so quiet behind the scenes.

Yasmine Ryan |

Argument

Say No to Civil War

The coming election in Iraq could decide the fate of the country's struggling democracy. The United States needs to take a stand.

Saleh Mutlaq |

Argument

How the U.S. Can Help North Africa's Democracy Champion

Tunisia has made it farther down the road to democracy than any other Arab Spring country. That means that it deserves hands-on support from the West -- sooner rather than later.

Isobel Coleman |

Argument

Shoring Up the Fragile State

Societies attempting to make the transition to democracy should start by establishing a consensus on basic values.

Seth Kaplan |

Argument

Sisi 2014!

Egypt’s top general is a shoo-in to win the race for president. Then the hard part begins.

Steven A. Cook |

Dispatch

Under a Barrel

Why the world must stop Bashar al-Assad from indiscriminately raining crude barrel bombs down on Syrian civilians.

Lama Fakih |

COLUMN

Learning to Live with a Cold Peace

Senior U.S. officials are deeply troubled by Russia's annexation of Crimea, but self-interest may drive both sides to freeze this crisis before it gets too hot.

David Rothkopf |

Christian Caryl

SEALed and Delivered in Libya

President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Is Israel About to Invade Gaza Again?

As rockets and threats fly fast and furious, a familiar tension builds in the Middle East.

Amos Harel |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Corridor of Death

How the Syrian government's use of snipers against its own citizens gives the lie to its talk of fighting terrorism.

Zaher Sahloul |

Dispatch

The $20 Million Case for Morocco

The kingdom is using an army of flacks to keep the illusion of peace and stability.

Eliza Barclay |

Dispatch

Rearranging The Deck Chairs in Cairo

Egypt's entire cabinet just resigned. Will it make any difference?

Bel Trew |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

EXCERPT

A Murder in the Kingdom

The unsolved killing of a photographer in Bahrain's forgotten Arab Spring.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Dispatch

The Crooks Return to Cairo

Egypt's government is happily letting exiled billionaires and convicted Mubarak cronies buy their way back home.

Bel Trew |

Argument

Trading Places

How the trade vs. aid debate shows the different trajectories of Egypt and Tunisia.    

Caroline Freund |

Argument

Sisi and the Strong Man

Is Egypt's president-in-waiting turning back the clock -- to the Nasser era?

Max Strasser |

Argument

Two Left Feet

Can Washington dance with Tehran when they're listening to different music?

Trita Parsi |

Report

Syria Peace Talks On the Verge of Imploding After Invitation Mishap

'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'

Colum Lynch |

Dispatch

Welcome to the Department of Morale Affairs

Belly dancers, billboards, and Egypt's military propaganda machine.

Bel Trew |

Argument

All Politics Is Economics

How economic reform can save Tunisia.

Mondher Ben Ayed |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Breaking Syria's Reign of Terror

Are al Qaeda hard-liners finally on the run?

Hassan Hassan |

Dispatch

The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer

Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera. Seven months later he was dead.

David Kenner |

Argument

The Power of Mediation

We must rethink the way we’re dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis -- or risk militants winning hearts and minds.

Sharon Morris |

Dispatch

The Islamist Enemy of Our Islamist Enemy

Meet what might soon be the West's unpredictable new friend in Syria -- the Islamic Front.

Hania Mourtada |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Slide Show

The Most Memorable Photos of 2013

The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.

Slide Show |

Argument

Too Much of a Good Thing

Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.

Fotini Christia |