Why Algeria doesn't talk to terrorists -- even if that means killing hostages.
How two words -- forged nearly a century ago -- help explain France's military intervention in Mali.
An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.
Hopes for a democratic Middle East have faltered amid sectarian animosities and ideological divisions. Did it have to be this way?
As sanctions bite, some of Iran's leaders are signaling a willingness to come back to the negotiating table.
Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But they can do it without partisanship?
Turkey is now a solidly middle-income state. But there are still plenty of roadblocks on the path ahead.
Africans are getting better at finding their own solutions to African problems.
Egypt's long-suffering opposition is fighting back against the Islamist government. But can they get their act together in time?
Yes the government should protect free speech. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t speak out.
Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns?
Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.
Islamist political parties aren't succeeding in the Middle East because they stand for Islam. It's because they have a well-established political brand.
Artist Ahmed Mater returns to Islam's holiest site to capture the enormous changes as modernity meets tradition.
The growing insecurity of religious and ethnic minorities is one of the biggest problems arising from the Arab Spring. But much can be done to protect them.
The return of French anti-Semitism is a lot scarier than just a few nasty tweets.
Millions of Muslims from around the world begin the hajj -- a journey to the holy city of Mecca.
A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.
The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.
The politicians in Washington are beating each other up over the Benghazi consulate attack. But they don't seem to be paying much attention to the evidence from the scene of the crime.
The Muslim Brotherhood's political party promises to transform Egypt's place in the world.
A constitutional ban on blasphemy might sound like a good idea to some. But it can mean less freedom for everyone.
Why can't Pakistanis condemn the Taliban for shooting a 14-year-old girl?
The terrorist group may be headless, but its tentacles still pack a mean punch.
Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.