Democracy

Argument

The Dangers of Setting the Bar Too High

Turkey won't be able to achieve a healthy democracy unless it allows for a greater diversity of political representation.

Cenk Sidar |

Dispatch

Coming In From the Cold

For years the Houthis have been derided as subversives and separatists. Now they're sitting at the table in Sanaa.

TIK ROOT |

Dispatch

The Hunted

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

Bel Trew |

Christian Caryl

Don't Surrender Libya to the Terrorists

As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

One Size Does Not Fit All

Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.

Tomas Bridle |

Christian Caryl

Just Show It

The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

The Pen and the Sword

Egypt's foremost novelist on revolution, dentistry, democracy, and why the Muslim Brotherhood is a "terroristic, underground, armed group."

David Kenner |

Argument

Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?

Blair Glencorse |

In Box

Psych the Vote

Five surprising insights into voting behavior from the cutting edge of psychology.

Joshua E. Keating |

David Rothkopf

The Gamble

Five big consequences of the president's call to let Congress decide about America's Syrian intervention.

David Rothkopf |

Terms of Engagement

Last Hope

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

James Traub |

Feature

Mapped: Every Protest on the Planet Since 1979

From Cairo to Wall Street to the West Bank, plotting a world of upheaval.

J. Dana Stuster |

Dept Of Secrets

CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran's Coup

The agency finally owns up to its role in the 1953 operation.

Malcolm Byrne |

Case Studies

Bridging Kenya's Data Divide

How Africa’s tech leader made it from PDFs to paperless.

Rushda Majeed |

Lab Report

Libya's Unarmed Revolutionaries

Civil society groups face an uphill battle in a society dominated by militias.

Fadil Aliriza |

Christian Caryl

Islands in the Desert

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

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Jordan's Simmering Spring

Enough compromise. Jordanians are tired of being the good kids on the block.

Jonathan Schienberg |

Marc Lynch

Enough Is Enough

It’s time for Washington to cut Egypt loose.

Marc Lynch |

Lab Report

Libya's Hard Landing

The days of euphoria are long gone. Can Libyans reboot the revolution?

Chris Stephen |

Dispatch

Mugabe's Shameful Protector

Praising Zimbabwe's slightly-less-fraudulent election is like congratulating Anthony Weiner for sending photographs of his genitals to fewer women this year.

Roy Robins |

Argument

Clueless in Gaza

It’s time for the Palestinians to change the discourse from reconciliation to elections.

Abdalla Khader |

Putinology

Putin Walks Alone

Why the American president's cancellation of their pending summit meeting is just a blip on Vladimir Putin's radar.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Zintan Versus the World

Why a small town in Libya refuses to give up custody of the revolution’s most high-profile prisoner.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Morsy Is the Arab World's Mandela

Why we must stand and support the Muslim Brotherhood's fight for democracy.

Tawakkol Karman |

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 |

Argument

Away Game

Female soccer players are rewriting the rules for women's sports in the Middle East.

Chris Stephen |

Putinology

The Whistleblower May Have to Hold His Tongue

Can Edward Snowden really find freedom in an unfree country?

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

In Libya, They Really Are Out to Get You

Why paranoia is the key to Libyan politics.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Asleep at the Wheel

Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court had the opportunity to finally give the opposition a fighting chance. But it didn't.

Yuhniwo Ngenge |

Dispatch

Rumble in the Jungle

Can anyone unseat Hun Sen's dictatorship by democracy in Cambodia?

Michael Sainsbury |