'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.
Why Egypt's next constitution won't fulfill the democratic dreams of the revolution.
How Israel won the Arab Spring, and why a dangerous new instability threatens the entire region's geopolitical landscape.
How the Obama administration gave Iran a win and sold out our Israeli allies.
For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.
How a neurosurgeon from Maryland cleaned up one of the most notoriously violent cities in Iraq.
John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?