The improbable tale of a West Virginia heiress the Pentagon hired to take on Somalia's jihadists.
Once a laughingstock, the Arab world’s political body is closing ranks against Bashar al-Assad.
It’s safer than sex.
The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?
The Muslim Brotherhood may have the votes -- for now -- but Egypt is a ship without a rudder.
And its destruction will define the Middle East for years to come.
It’s time to stop focusing on personalities and get down to the more important business of identifying common interests.
There is no Arab Spring coming to Iraq. But sectarian protests could tear this fragile country apart.
Ten years on, newly published secret documents shed new light on potential turning points the United States missed.
Iran's popularity in the Arab world is way down, but sectarianism is on the rise.
The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.
The chief of staff of the opposition Syrian Military Joint Command calls on the United States to provide arms, not just non-lethal aid.
Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.
Can Washington prevent the turbulent Arab Spring countries from going the way of the post-Soviet states?
Images from the women's rights rallies that have been taking place around the world this week.
The struggle for Damascus looks poised to transform this bloody conflict.
Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?
The assassination of a leftist politician has thrown the poster child for the Arab Spring into chaos.
If history is any guide, today’s assassination in Tunisia could set off a dangerous revolutionary dynamic.
Two years after the Arab Spring awoke demons and democracy in the Middle East, I went to see whether changes had roiled the lands of royals.
The United Nations needs to work with President Bashar al-Assad's regime to provide aid to the Syrian people. But is it inadvertently funding the government's killing machine?
Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.
An insurrection along the Suez Canal represents the greatest threat yet to the Muslim Brotherhood's rule in Egypt.
How I became a one-man aid worker in the world's deadliest war zone.
How did so many Western analysts get Egypt's Islamist movement so wrong?