Islam

Christian Caryl

Local Bloodshed, Global Headache

Sectarian conflict in Burma is once again spurring talk of a “global war against Islam.”

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

A Country with Fourteen Psychiatrists

Libya is trying to build a new democracy. But that's a tall order for a society plagued by bad memories.

Portia Walker |

Argument

Hamas Rising

As the Palestinian Authority struggles to make payroll, the militant group is making friends and influencing leaders around the Arab world.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Stopping Mali from Becoming Somalia

The United States needs to prevent Mali from turning into another failed state in the heart of Africa.

Witney Schneidman |

Slide Show

Hungry Days, Festive Nights

Images from across the Muslim world as the holy month begins.

Slide Show |

Argument

Africanistan? Not Exactly

The dangers of international intervention in Mali.

Gregory Mann |

Argument

Democracy, Salafi Style

One of Saudi Arabia's most popular hardline clerics just embraced democracy. Should we worry, or applaud?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

Interview

"The Elite Isn't Going to Lose Control"

Middle East scholar Joshua Stacher explains why democratization in Egypt is only skin deep.

Paul Starobin |

Argument

Lost City

After a week of wanton destruction, is the legendary city of Timbuktu finally coming to an end?

Peter Chilson |

Slide Show

Shrines into Stones

Images of the disappearing treasures of Timbuktu's ancient landmarks as militants bomb them into rubble.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

A Current of Faith

As a divided Libya heads toward a historic vote, an Islamic "frame of reference" unites the country's political neophytes.

Mary Fitzgerald |

Christian Caryl

The Women of Tahrir Square Fight Back

The revolution in Egypt isn’t over -- at least as long as female revolutionaries have anything to say about it.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Reach Out to Morsy

Egypt's new president may be no moderate, but he deserves a chance to prove he's no enemy.

Yossi Beilin |

Argument

Containing the Islamist Revolution

The next American president would be naïve to think that the uprisings sweeping the Middle East will be good for America. It's time to retrench and protect U.S. interests from the Islamist tidal wave.

Ephraim Sneh |

Christian Caryl

The Sudanese Stand Up

The best way to help the protesters in Sudan? Cover the story.

Christian Caryl |

Letters

The Persian Gulf

The divide between young Iranians and the regime is widening every day.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Letters

Visualizing the War on Women Debate

A look at how the most popular cover story in Foreign Policy's history ricocheted across Twitter.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Letters

Let's Talk About Sex

Four takes on Mona Eltahawy's cover piece on misogyny in the Middle East and Foreign Policy's inaugural Sex Issue.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Argument

Egypt's Constitutional Chaos

The process of drafting a new constitution is a train wreck. But there’s a way to get it back on track.

Mara Revkin |

Dispatch

Putin's Secret War

The bloody Islamic insurgency in Russia's backyard.

Anna Nemtsova |

Slide Show

Egypt's Revolutionary Soul-Searching

Cairo's revolutionaries take to the streets during a chaotic weekend.

Slide Show |

Slide Show

Too Hot for Tehran

The ayatollahs are going after a new generation of satirists. But that hasn't stopped Iran's best cartoonists-in-exile from exposing the country's deepest taboos.  

Slide Show |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

An  ex-president is convicted, England celebrates, and Angela Merkel feeds a penguin.

Slide Show |

Argument

Did You Hear the One about U.S. Internment Camps?

A leaked Army document on mass detentions has extremists boiling over on both the right and the left.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

The 140-Character Fatwa

Enormously popular, extremist Saudi clerics are promoting hatred, violence, and intolerance on Facebook and Twitter. Can they be stopped?

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Vox Pop: Egyptians Prepare to Choose a President

Everyone's talking about Egypt's presidential election. But what do the voters think?

Magdy Samaan |

Interview

"Captains Stay with Their Crew"

Most of the Americans charged by Egypt in the NGO affair have since left the country. But one, Robert Becker, decided to stay and face the music.

Mohamed Fadel Fahmy |

Argument

Where Democracy Is America’s Second Choice

For Washington, democracy promotion in Yemen continues to take a back seat to the fight against Al-Qaeda.

Francisco Martin-Rayo |

Feature

The Ayatollah Under the Bed(sheets)

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, all politics may not be sexual, but all sex is political.

Karim Sadjadpour |

Slide Show

The New al Qaeda Franchises

Al Qaeda itself may be diminished after the death of Osama bin Laden, but its affiliates are still sowing instability around the world.

Lois Parshley |