North Africa

Dispatch

The Candidate in His Labyrinth

Egypt’s president-in-waiting says he’s widely loved, so why does he sleep in an undisclosed location and fear for his life?

Eric Trager |

Argument

Algeria's New Era

Algeria's long-ruling president is cruising to victory in the polls. But the outside world shouldn't be fooled: The authorities are losing control.

Amel Boubekeur |

COLUMN

Where Are You, Bouteflika?

Why are Algerians so keen to elect (once again) an ailing 77-year-old man they so rarely see?

Leela Jacinto |

COLUMN

Let Them Eat Apple Pie

Income inequality in the U.S. is now as bad as it was in aristocratic Europe. Are the bread riots finally coming?

James Traub |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Remembering photographer Anja Niedringhaus; Protesters clash with police in Athens; and Balinese young people celebrate the Kissing Festival.

FP Staff |

Argument

How the U.S. Can Help North Africa's Democracy Champion

Tunisia has made it farther down the road to democracy than any other Arab Spring country. That means that it deserves hands-on support from the West -- sooner rather than later.

Isobel Coleman |

Dispatch

Egypt's Bloody Purge Is Just Beginning

As hundreds of young men are sentenced to death for the killing of one policeman, the state is gearing up to crush its Islamist enemies.

Bel Trew |

Slide Show

The March/April Issue

The trouble with high speed rail in China; how small satellites are turning space into a DIY playground; and what happens to "child sorcerers" in Congo.

FP Staff |

Christian Caryl

SEALed and Delivered in Libya

President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

Washington’s Most Wanted

Meet the Putin cronies and Ukrainian collaborators at the top of the Obama administration’s sanctions target list.

FP Staff |

In Box

Al Qaeda Core: A Short History

How the franchise operations of the world's most infamous terrorist organization became more potent than the mothership.

Ty McCormick |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

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.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

The $20 Million Case for Morocco

The kingdom is using an army of flacks to keep the illusion of peace and stability.

Eliza Barclay |

Dispatch

Rearranging The Deck Chairs in Cairo

Egypt's entire cabinet just resigned. Will it make any difference?

Bel Trew |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

War on Error

We're fighting al Qaeda like a terrorist group. They're fighting us as an army.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

Trading Places

How the trade vs. aid debate shows the different trajectories of Egypt and Tunisia.    

Caroline Freund |

Argument

Bad Bud

Did the military violate its own rules by getting in bed with Budweiser during the Super Bowl?

Phillip Carter |

Argument

Sisi and the Strong Man

Is Egypt's president-in-waiting turning back the clock -- to the Nasser era?

Max Strasser |

Dispatch

The General Rises

Egypt’s new Field Marshal-in-chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, looks ready to seize the presidency. But is it more than he can handle?

Gregg Carlstrom |

COLUMN

Bob Gates Doesn't Know Much About History

The former secretary of defense thinks this is the first time politics played a role in foreign policy? Please.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Argument

All Politics Is Economics

How economic reform can save Tunisia.

Mondher Ben Ayed |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

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.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

The Real eHarmony

How young people meeting on the Internet might help build peace in some of the world's most volatile regions.

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Putinology

Putin’s Mediterranean Move

The race is on to exploit off-shore energy around Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus -- and Moscow is crashing the party.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

The Long Shadow of Ben Ali

How a decades-old fake coup attempt is taking its toll on Tunisia.

Brian Klaas |

Profile

The Police Are Dogs

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

Fadil Aliriza |

Christian Caryl

The Desert Versus the Delta

Why democracy is good for the environment.

Christian Caryl |