North Africa

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Undoing the Resource Curse

How oil can save Libyan democracy.

Terra Lawson-Remer |

COLUMN

Therapy for the Self-Hating Superpower

Snap out of it, America. You're good enough, smart enough -- who cares if people don't like you?

David Rothkopf |

In Box

Back to Basics

Looking for an alternative to dysfunction in Washington? Maybe it's time to turn to Berlin.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Nowhere Land

After 40 years of fighting in the desert for their unrecognized country, the people of Western Sahara may be on the cusp of collapsing into extremism - and it could be the thing that saves them.

David Conrad |

Argument

The Participation Gap

Why the problem of inequality isn’t just about differences in income.

Devin Stewart |

COLUMN

The Year of El Niño

How can America protect its borders from this tiny menace?

Matt Bors |

Argument

A Miscarriage of Justice in Cairo

The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists to lengthy prison terms on nonexistent evidence shows how paranoid and degraded the Egyptian regime has become.

Bel Trew |

Argument

Post-Colonialism on the Pitch

When former colonies face off against their ex-oppressors.

Musa Okwonga |

Lab Report

A Tale of Two Decrees

Tunisia's media sector still has a long way to go before it can serve as a bulwark of democracy. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Tunisia.

Fadil Aliriza |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

History enthusiasts commemorate the Great War; Thai anti-coup protesters adopt a familiar hand signal; and Hong Kong remembers the Tiananmen crackdown.

FP Staff |

Lab Report

Put Tunisians Back to Work

Post-revolutionary Tunisia has made great strides toward democracy. Now it needs to deliver on promises of economic growth. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Tunisia.

Emmanuel Martin |

Lab Report

Embracing Enemies in Tunisia

Tunisia's main political forces have agreed on a deal to shore up the political middle and undermine extremists. That could be a crucial milestone on the path to democracy. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Tunisia.

Oussama Romdhani |

Dispatch

Sisi's Big Day Is a Bust

The Egyptian election was supposed to bring the former Army chief to office on a massive wave of popular support. So why did so many voters stay home?

David Kenner |

Dispatch

Stamp Out the Vote

How terrorism in the Sinai has eclipsed Egypt's presidential election -- and laid bare tensions with the U.S.

Mohannad Sabry |

Argument

Egypt Must Stop Penalizing the Poor

A future President Sisi urgently needs to reform Egypt's economy. But he has to make sure it's not just the rich who benefit.

Allison Corkery |

COLUMN

Sympathy for the Devils

Inside the shadowy Washington PR network with ties to dictators' cronies, war criminals, and suspicious Ukrainian arms transporters.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

The Age of Imperviousness

A dangerous new crop of dictators is learning that they really can get away with murder. But it's as much Obama's fault as it is Putin's.

Suzanne Nossel |

Dispatch

Then They Came for the Revolutionaries

Egypt's April 6 movement, which sparked the protests that toppled Mubarak and Morsi, now finds itself in the cross-hairs of the new government.

Bel Trew |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The Vatican prepares for the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II; Pro-Russian activists clash with police in Donetsk; and sumo wrestlers make babies cry in Japan.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood Struggles to Grow

Can the Islamist party thrive in the turbulent politics of post-Qaddafi Libya?

Mary Fitzgerald |

Argument

Egypt's War on Honest Language

The mass death sentences against 683 Egyptians reveal how Cairo officials are redefining concepts like terrorism and freedom in a cynical bid to solidify their grip on power.  

Steven A. Cook |