Islam

Dispatch

Inside the Islamic Emirate of Timbuktu

An exclusive trove of al Qaeda documents found in this fabled city shows a theocracy in the making in Mali.

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

On a Military Wing and a Prayer

Europe thinks it can separate Hezbollah's political activities from its terrorist operations. But the Party of God isn't built that way.

Matthew Levitt |

Dispatch

Revolution, Interrupted

There's a reason Egyptians keep taking to the streets: The Muslim Brotherhood has proved to be little more than the old Mubarak clique with beards.

Hani Shukrallah |

Dispatch

A Murder in Tunis

The assassination of a leftist politician has thrown the poster child for the Arab Spring into chaos.

Fadil Aliriza |

Christian Caryl

Martyrs of the Revolution

If history is any guide, today’s assassination in Tunisia could set off a dangerous revolutionary dynamic.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Tehranimal Farm

How George Orwell explains Iran.

Roland Elliott Brown |

Argument

France on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Think Americans hate their politicians? The moody French are disgusted -- and looking for a new de Gaulle.

Robert Zaretsky |

Marc Lynch

The Egyptian Treadmill

Why Washington isn’t panicking about Egypt’s latest crisis.

Marc Lynch |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

The Republic of Port Said

An insurrection along the Suez Canal represents the greatest threat yet to the Muslim Brotherhood's rule in Egypt.

Evan C. Hill |

Argument

Mali Is Not a Stan

When it comes to covering Africa's latest conflict, it's suddenly amateur hour.

Laura Seay |

Think Again

Think Again: The Muslim Brotherhood

How did so many Western analysts get Egypt's Islamist movement so wrong?

Eric Trager |

Dispatch

The Man Who Brought Down Bibi

Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself besieged by a resurgent Israeli left and an old ally-turned-rival on the right.

Nicolas Pelham |

Argument

The Eradicateurs

Why Algeria doesn't talk to terrorists -- even if that means killing hostages.

Geoff D. Porter |

Argument

A More Sacred Union

How two words -- forged nearly a century ago -- help explain France's military intervention in Mali.

Robert Zaretsky |

Christian Caryl

The Year in Unfreedom

An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Year the Arab Spring Went Bad

Hopes for a democratic Middle East have faltered amid sectarian animosities and ideological divisions. Did it have to be this way?

F. Gregory Gause, III |

Argument

Feeling the Pain in Tehran

As sanctions bite, some of Iran's leaders are signaling a willingness to come back to the negotiating table.

Nazila Fathi |

Dispatch

The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh

Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But they can do it without partisanship?

Joseph Allchin |

Argument

Moving On Up

Turkey is now a solidly middle-income state. But there are still plenty of roadblocks on the path ahead.

Hilton L. Root |

Argument

What Africa Did Right in 2012

Africans are getting better at finding their own solutions to African problems.

Jon Temin |

Dispatch

Beating the Brotherhood

Egypt's long-suffering opposition is fighting back against the Islamist government. But can they get their act together in time?

Evan Hill |

Argument

Born Free, But Not Indifferent

Yes the government should protect free speech. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t speak out.

Corey Brettschneider |

Dispatch

Yemen's Rocky Roadmap

Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns? 

Adam Baron |

Argument

Turkey's Weakest Export

Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.

Gamze Coşkun |

Argument

Words Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

Why Hamas should watch its language.

David Keyes |

Argument

The Secret of Islamist Success

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.

Dalibor Rohac |

Slide Show

The Not-So-Funny Papers

Exclusive cartoons from the Afghan mujahideen.

Matthew Trevithick |

Slide Show

The Changing Face of Mecca

Artist Ahmed Mater returns to Islam's holiest site to capture the enormous changes as modernity meets tradition.

Ahmed Mater via Creative Time Reports |

Argument

Beware the Tyranny of the Mob

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.

Jamsheed Choksy |