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.
How the Syrian government's use of snipers against its own citizens gives the lie to its talk of fighting terrorism.
The kingdom is using an army of flacks to keep the illusion of peace and stability.
Egypt's entire cabinet just resigned. Will it make any difference?
Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?
The unsolved killing of a photographer in Bahrain's forgotten Arab Spring.
Egypt's government is happily letting exiled billionaires and convicted Mubarak cronies buy their way back home.
How the trade vs. aid debate shows the different trajectories of Egypt and Tunisia.
Is Egypt's president-in-waiting turning back the clock -- to the Nasser era?
'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'
Belly dancers, billboards, and Egypt's military propaganda machine.
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.
Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera. Seven months later he was dead.
We must rethink the way we’re dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis -- or risk militants winning hearts and minds.
Meet what might soon be the West's unpredictable new friend in Syria -- the Islamic Front.
For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.
The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.
Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.
No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.
Jihadists as possible forces of peace, Russia as a potential dealmaker, and other conclusions from the inaugural PeaceGame.
Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.
Why nobody in the Middle East deserves to be an FP Leading Global Thinker this year.
What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks.
How the beautiful, painful, and problematic birth of Israel mirrors modern America's moral ambiguity.