North Africa

Argument

Portrait of the General as a Not-So-Young Grad Student

Egypt's army chief isn't an Islamist -- in fact, his work at the U.S. Army War College suggests he may be a Mubarak clone.

Eric Trager |

Christian Caryl

In Libya, They Really Are Out to Get You

Why paranoia is the key to Libyan politics.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Death Spiral

In trying to save Egypt, the military and the Brotherhood may end up destroying it.

Ned Parker |

Dispatch

Egypt's Perfect Storm

A power-hungry general, defiant Islamists, and massive protests have set the stage for a showdown in Cairo.

Sophia Jones |

Dispatch

Death on the Nile

In a small Egyptian town, a corpse washes ashore. And then things get really ugly.

Ned Parker |

Marc Lynch

As Good As It Gets

Why Washington's policy toward Cairo is pretty spot on (except for a few things).

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Go Big or Go Home

If the United States wants its Middle East mojo back, it's going to have to pay to play.

Daniel Byman |

Terms of Engagement

The Technocrats and Tahrir

Egypt's new rulers have $12 billion to spend. Can they make enough economic progress to stave off disaster?

James Traub |

Argument

Flash Point in the Eastern Mediterranean

Will conflict in the Middle East trigger the next great power war?

James Stavridis |

Argument

You Thought the Brotherhood Was Bad?

The Salafi ultra-radicals are now Egypt's new power brokers.

Marina Ottaway |

Reality Check

Dumb and Dumber

No, the United States should not suspend aid to Egypt.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Leading from Nowhere

Why is Washington being so quiet about the tumultuous upheaval in Egypt?

John Norris |

Dispatch

Shot in the Back

Eyewitnesses describe a deadly rampage in Cairo.

Evan Hill |

Argument

Blame Morsy

How to wreck a country in 369 days.

Michael Wahid Hanna |

Feature

Mapping Cairo in Crisis

A real-time map of the hot spots in Egypt's dramatic showdown between the military, Muslim Brotherhood, and protesters in the streets.

J. Dana Stuster |

Christian Caryl

Running from the Arab Spring

Syria isn't the only place with a refugee problem.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

'You Can't Eat Sharia'

Egypt is on the brink -- not of something better than the old Mubarak dictatorship, but of something even worse.

Mohamed ElBaradei |

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

Uncivil Society

Why Egypt's new law regulating NGOs is still criminal.

Heba Morayef |

Argument

Do Two Dreams Equal a Nightmare?

Why Xi Jinping’s vision of a future China cannot coexist with the American Dream.

Marco Rubio |

EXCERPT

Mrs. Ballarin's War

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

Mark Mazzetti |

Argument

Springtime for Salafists

Rampaging Islamist vigilantes are cracking down on free expression -- and ruining Tunisia's Arab Spring.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

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 |

Terms of Engagement

Lost in the Desert

What does the Obama administration make of Egypt's Mohamed Morsy? Not much. But they've still got to figure out how to work with him.

James Traub |

Argument

Speak Softly and Let Others Carry the Big Stick

The problem with the 'light footprint' approach to U.S. military policy.

Jonathan Morgenstein |

David Rothkopf

Lessons Learned (and Not)

Seven things we've learned after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

What Is Egypt?

As America's new secretary of state arrives in Cairo, it's still not clear the United States knows what it's dealing with.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

There is no Indonesia Model for the Arab Spring

Yes, Muslim-majority Indonesia has made a successful transition to democracy. But no, that doesn’t make it an example for the Arab Spring.

Tom Pepinsky |

Reality Check

Tribes With Flags

How the Arab Spring has exposed the myth of Arab statehood.

Aaron David Miller |

Christian Caryl

It's Not About Us

Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.

Christian Caryl |