North Africa

Christian Caryl

The Desert Versus the Delta

Why democracy is good for the environment.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Signal and the Noise in Middle East Elections

Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.

Alex Hanna |

Feature

Peace Economics

Why Syria must rein in unemployment, food prices, and corruption to ensure a stable future.

Ethan Kapstein |

Argument

Drafting Discord

Why Egypt's next constitution won't fulfill the democratic dreams of the revolution.

Isobel Coleman |

Terms of Engagement

'The Worst of the Worst'

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

James Traub |

Dispatch

Doctor's Orders

How a neurosurgeon from Maryland cleaned up one of the most notoriously violent cities in Iraq.

Michael Knights |

Rebuttal

Keeping the Blinders Off History

Yad Vashem is not biased against Tunisian Arabs that saved Jews' lives during the Holocaust.

Irena Steinfeldt |

Terms of Engagement

Is Libya Beyond Repair?

Not quite. But the question is whether anyone really wants to help. 

James Traub |

Christian Caryl

Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Cold Comfort

Tunisia's first suicide bomber in decades managed to kill only himself. But that's little consolation to a people who are fighting to keep their transition on track.

Asma Ghribi |

Argument

Peso Me Mucho

Why Mexico is the new darling of emerging markets.

Michael Moran |

Slide Show

Plots and Plans

The world's dissidents wield an unconventional weapon: kitchenware.

Prachi Vidwans |

Argument

The Dissident's Toolkit

Want to topple an autocrat? Street demonstrations are just one tool among many.

Erica Chenoweth |

Argument

Beware of the Middle East's Fake Feminists

Middle Eastern dictators love to use their "enlightened" treatment of women to justify their rule. They shouldn't get away with it.

Samia Errazzouki |

Dispatch

The Long March North

The Algerian government has a long track record of subduing protest movements. Is it about to meet its match?

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle |

Argument

The Guns of October

I played every game about the Yom Kippur War, so you don't have to. Here's what I learned.

Michael Peck |

Dispatch

The Coiffeur of Cairo

For 50 years, Mahmoud Labib has cut the hair of Egypt's rulers, from Sadat to Mubarak.

Ned Parker |

Argument

Africa's Phoenix

Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.

Armin Rosen |

Dispatch

London Underground

Inside the Muslim Brotherhood’s hush-hush propaganda office in the U.K.

Bel Trew |

Dispatch

Mali 2.0

The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.

Peter Tinti |

Dispatch

The Ghosts of Benghazi

Did the killing of the U.S. ambassador a year ago cast a curse on the city he loved?

Christopher Stephen |

Dispatch

The Hunted

As Egypt's military government cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood with unprecedented force, the defiant are going underground.

Bel Trew |

Terms of Engagement

Last Hope

The one place the Arab Spring hasn't gone to hell.

James Traub |

Feature

A Secret Funeral in Cairo

Burying a friend in a city under siege.

Ned Parker |

Argument

Egypt's Algerian Moment

Did Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi just set Cairo on the path to its own "black decade"?

Robert Zaretsky |

Argument

Strange Bedfellows

Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?

Matthew Levitt |

Argument

Missing in Action

What happened to Washington's policy in Egypt?

Cynthia P. Schneider |

Argument

Mubarak Still Rules

The bodies pile up in Cairo, but nothing has changed.

Steven A. Cook |

Christian Caryl

Islands in the Desert

The problem, and the promise, of Libya's new city-states.

Christian Caryl |