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The Islamist Identity Crisis

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood became more illiberal after its first brush with power -- sparking an authoritarian reaction that makes a democratic future seem further away than ever.

Shadi Hamid |

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Is Israel About to Invade Gaza Again?

As rockets and threats fly fast and furious, a familiar tension builds in the Middle East.

Amos Harel |

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 |

Dispatch

Riptide

A deadly surge of revenge violence has seized the Central African Republic -- and peacekeepers seem powerless to stop it. 

Peter Bouckaert |

Christian Caryl

African Growing Pains

Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.

Christian Caryl |

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 |

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Blowback in Cairo

The Syrian civil war has now reached the heart of Egypt.

David Barnett |

Dispatch

The Islamist Enemy of Our Islamist Enemy

Meet what might soon be the West's unpredictable new friend in Syria -- the Islamic Front.

Hania Mourtada |

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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 |

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Drafting Discord

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

Isobel Coleman |

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Rider on the Storm

How Israel won the Arab Spring, and why a dangerous new instability threatens the entire region's geopolitical landscape.

Danny Danon |

The List

The World’s Most Jaw-Dropping Reality TV Shows

Live sex, human Tetris, baby giveaways, and more.

Catherine A. Traywick |

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Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Dispatch

'We Live and Die Here Like Animals'

The Central African Republic has suffered a horrific collapse. But is the worst violence between the country’s Muslims and Christians yet to come?

Peter Bouckaert |

Dispatch

Russia's New Black Widows

The deadly and mysterious new breed of female suicide bomber.

Yulia Yuzik |

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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 |

Dispatch

No Country for Anyone

The Syrian rebellion is turning hard-line Islamist, squeezing out Christians, Alawites, and Kurds who also hate Assad.

Hania Mourtada |

The List

Analog War

How to rid Somalia of al-Shabab once and for all -- in six (not-so) easy steps.

Roger Carstens |

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Demography Is Destiny

Why al-Shabab's Westgate massacre is just the tip of the iceberg for an Africa on the edge of dysfunction.

Howard W. French |

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The Army of Islam Is Winning in Syria

And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Hassan Hassan |

Dispatch

London Underground

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

Bel Trew |

Christian Caryl

The Fight for the Soul of Russia’s Opposition

As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.

Christian Caryl |

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Rebel vs. Rebel

Syrian jihadi groups are now kidnapping and killing one another. Is this the beginning of an all out war, or an opportunity for the moderates?

Hassan Hassan |

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 |

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Return to the Bad Old Days

Will Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood fan the embers of Islamic insurgency?

Steven A. Cook |

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 |

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Strange Bedfellows

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

Matthew Levitt |

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The Cuban in the Desert

The secret blogger who explains al Qaeda's new strategy.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |