Arab World

Argument

Regime Change in Qatar

Knee-deep in Syria's civil war and surrounded by family quarrels, Qatar's emir is looking to hand over the country to his 33-year-old son.

Simon Henderson |

Argument

We're Not Building a 'Police State'

Why Egypt’s draft NGO law is transparent, fair, and a big step forward for democracy.

Khaled al-Qazzaz |

Argument

Syria Is Now Saudi Arabia's Problem

The battle for a town on the Lebanese border marks the kingdom's first attempt to lead Syria's fractured opposition.

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Palestine's Nothing Man

The new prime minister in Ramallah is a political novice -- and that's exactly why President Mahmoud Abbas chose him.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Dispatch

The Struggle for the Heart of Istanbul

It's becoming clear that it will take more than one chaotic weekend to derail Prime Minister Erdogan's plans.

Justin Vela |

Argument

Kerry's Syrian Quagmire

As the secretary of state tries to get the rebels and the regime to the negotiating table, a State Department official says it would take "sarin gas being lobbed at Tel Aviv" for Washington to take military action.

Gayle Lemmon |

Dispatch

Political Idol

A new reality television competition is booming in Beirut and Ramallah: democratic politics.

Fernande van Tets |

Reality Check

Speak No Evil

Why Obama shouldn't have given that big drone speech.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Revenge Landmines of the Arab Spring

In the mountains of Yemen, a strange and deadly face-off between elite soldiers and rebellious villagers could have big international consequences.

Joe Sheffer |

Marc Lynch

The War for the Arab World

Sunni-Shiite hatreds are the least of the Middle East's problems -- it's the struggle within the Sunni world that will define the region for years to come.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Metternich in Baghdad

No, America hasn't "lost" Iraq. But a dangerous realpolitik is the new normal in Baghdad.

Ramzy Mardini |

Argument

Dead on Arrival

I co-wrote the Arab Peace Initiative. And I doubt Kerry's good-faith attempt to revive it will succeed.

Marwan Muasher |

Reality Check

Stepping Up to the Plate

Can Arab states get the peace process back on track?

Aaron David Miller |

Interview

'The Law of Politics' According to Sergei Lavrov

An exclusive interview with Russia's top diplomat.

Susan B. Glasser |

Feature

The Driver

An exclusive look inside the mysterious death and life of the world's most dangerous terrorist not named Osama bin Laden.

Mark Perry |

Argument

Why the Sheikhs Will Fall

The Gulf monarchies were once thought immune to the uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Not anymore.

Christopher M. Davidson |

EXCERPT

Mrs. Ballarin's War

The improbable tale of a West Virginia heiress the Pentagon hired to take on Somalia's jihadists.

Mark Mazzetti |

Marc Lynch

Did We Get the Muslim Brotherhood Wrong?

Nope. But it's time to revise our assessments.

Marc Lynch |

Dispatch

The Arab League Actually Does Something

Once a laughingstock, the Arab world’s political body is closing ranks against Bashar al-Assad.

Michael Stephens |

Christian Caryl

The Tip of the Democracy Spear

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

In Power, But Not in Control

The Muslim Brotherhood may have the votes -- for now -- but Egypt is a ship without a rudder.

Eric Trager |

Argument

Syria Is Already More Violent Than Iraq

And its destruction will define the Middle East for years to come.

David Kenner |

Argument

What Obama Must Do in Israel

It’s time to stop focusing on personalities and get down to the more important business of identifying common interests.

Samuel R. Berger |

Argument

Awakening the Demons

There is no Arab Spring coming to Iraq. But sectarian protests could tear this fragile country apart.

David Alpher |

Feature

The Iraq War That Might Have Been

Ten years on, newly published secret documents shed new light on potential turning points the United States missed.

Michael R. Gordon |

Marc Lynch

Tehran Tanking

Iran's popularity in the Arab world is way down, but sectarianism is on the rise.

Marc Lynch |

Christian Caryl

The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq

The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.

Christian Caryl |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

Give Us the Weapons We Need to Beat Assad

The chief of staff of the opposition Syrian Military Joint Command calls on the United States to provide arms, not just non-lethal aid.

Salim Idris |