Arab World

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 |

Profile

The Police Are Dogs

No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.

Fadil Aliriza |

Argument

The Debrief

Jihadists as possible forces of peace, Russia as a potential dealmaker, and other conclusions from the inaugural PeaceGame.

Kristin Lord |

Argument

The Signal and the Noise in Middle East Elections

Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.

Alex Hanna |

Marc Lynch

The Dark List

Why nobody in the Middle East deserves to be an FP Leading Global Thinker this year.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire

What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks.

Eliot Higgins |

In Box

The Middle-Class Syrian Refugee

What do you carry when you've left a life behind?

Bryan Denton |

Terms of Engagement

Our Promised Land

How the beautiful, painful, and problematic birth of Israel mirrors modern America's moral ambiguity.

James Traub |

Feature

Neighborhood Watch

Why regional players will be indispensable to achieving peace in Syria.

Rachel Brandenburg |

In Box

Augustine's World

What Late Antiquity says about the 21st century and the Syrian crisis.

Robert D. Kaplan |

Argument

Drafting Discord

Why Egypt's next constitution won't fulfill the democratic dreams of the revolution.

Isobel Coleman |

Argument

Rider on the Storm

How Israel won the Arab Spring, and why a dangerous new instability threatens the entire region's geopolitical landscape.

Danny Danon |

Argument

A Dangerous, Wrongheaded Deal

How the Obama administration gave Iran a win and sold out our Israeli allies.

Ted Cruz |

Argument

Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

By Other Means

Smother 'Em With Love

Why it’s time for the United States to cuddle up with Iran.

Rosa Brooks |

Dispatch

Doctor's Orders

How a neurosurgeon from Maryland cleaned up one of the most notoriously violent cities in Iraq.

Michael Knights |

Reality Check

Confidence Man

John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Nightmare on Syria Street

In Lebanon's northern capital, the Syrian civil war is being fought block by block.

Ty McCormick |

Exclusive

Why Has the U.N. Given Assad a Free Pass on Mass Murder?

Humanitarian workers chronicle Syria's suffering -- but withhold key details on who is at fault.

Colum Lynch |

Dispatch

The Eye of the Storm

As the Syrian civil war bleeds into northern Iraq, a once-quiet oasis is brewing with tensions.

Sofia Barbarani |

Christian Caryl

The LGBT Global Values Gap

The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

'There Is No Question That the Man Was Poisoned'

On the streets of the West Bank, the conspiracy theories about Arafat’s death are everywhere. But does anyone really care anymore?

Dalia Hatuqa |

Argument

The Nuclear Handshake

Is the Pakistan-Saudi weapons program for real?

Simon Henderson |

Terms of Engagement

Washington’s Kid Gloves and Egypt’s Fist

Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?

James Traub |

Argument

A Strange Kind of Victory

Some pundits are celebrating the effort to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. But if this is progress, what does failure look like?

Michael Weiss |

Dispatch

'This Is Not a Court, This Is a Coup!'

Shoe-throwing, tirades, and the general chaos at Mohamed Morsy's first day in court.

Bel Trew |

Dispatch

Teenagers Are Droned, And a Family Cries Out

The U.S. says it was hunting militants on August 8. The dead boys' brother has a different story.

Shuaib Almosawa |

Terms of Engagement

Is Libya Beyond Repair?

Not quite. But the question is whether anyone really wants to help. 

James Traub |