The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |

Christian Caryl

Where the Arab Spring Has Not Yet Sprung

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.

Christian Caryl |


The Ground Truth from Benghazi

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.

Christopher Stephen |


Reports of al Qaeda's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The terrorist group may be headless, but its tentacles still pack a mean punch.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |


The Libya Surprise

Like it or not, the Arab Spring is Obama's foreign policy legacy. And the aftermath of Benghazi could actually turn out to be great for America. 

Tom Malinowski |


Save Benghazi

How the citizens of Benghazi are pushing back against the killers of a U.S. diplomat many considered their friend.

Christopher Stephen |


Requested Page Could Not Be Found

Seven countries where Internet freedom is under threat.

Sanja Kelly |


The White House's Benghazi Problem

Under pressure from the right, the Obama administration has declared the killing of its ambassador in Libya a "terrorist attack." The trouble is, its explanations just don't make sense.

Louis Klarevas |


It Wasn't Us

In an exclusive interview, the Islamic radical group accused of masterminding the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi protests its innocence.

Mary Fitzgerald |


Bunker Mentality

Can the U.S. keep diplomats safe without turning embassies into fortresses?

Joshua E. Keating |

Obit Desk

Honoring Chris Stevens

How the U.S. ambassador killed this week in Benghazi would have handled Libya.

Jason Pack |


Libya's Downward Spiral

The country has been going to hell in a handbasket for months now. We just weren't paying attention.

Christopher S. Chivvis |

Terms of Engagement

The Tragic Optimism of an American Diplomat

Remembering Ambassador Chris Stevens and reflecting on the power of the United States to shape the new Middle East.

James Traub |


The Battle of the Shrines

The attack on the U.S. diplomats in Benghazi isn't the first time that Libya's ultraconservative Islamists have tried to shake things up. Can the country's nascent democracy rise to the challenge?

Sharron Ward |

Slide Show

When Libya Loved America

Photos of a time when Libya's rebels proudly waved the stars and stripes. 

Slide Show |


It Ain't 1979 Anymore

Why this week's attacks on American embassies aren't the Iran hostage crisis all over again.

Ty McCormick |


Don't Give Up on the Arab Spring

Why America did the right thing in Libya -- and freedom will eventually win.

Shadi Hamid |


The Gang That Can't Shoot Straight

The Syrian National Council has failed to galvanize international support for the rebellion -- and it has only itself to blame.

Malik Al-Abdeh |


The Syrian Rebels' Libyan Weapon

Meet the Irish-Libyan commander giving Bashar al-Assad nightmares.

Mary Fitzgerald |


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 |


The Ghost of Abu Yahya

The memory of the al Qaeda commander known as "the next Osama" lives on in a remote Libyan village.

Harald Doornbos |

Slide Show

Hometown of a Terrorist

Images of a rare journey to Tesawa, the isolated Libyan village that reared Aby Yahu al-Libi, al Qaeda's once-feared second-in-command.

Slide Show |

Terms of Engagement

Baby Steps

With the slow but steady consolidation of militias and the success of moderate democratic parties, despite all odds, it seems like Libya might be on the right path.

James Traub |


Learning to Live With the Islamist Winter

What to make of the historic election results in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya -- and how the United States should respond.

Tamara Cofman Wittes |


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 |


Qaddafi Lives

As Libya holds its first post-revolutionary elections, the Brother Leader's legacy is proving hard to overcome.

Alison Pargeter |


The Real Reason to Intervene in Syria

Cutting Iran's link to the Mediterranean Sea is a strategic prize worth the risk.

James P. Rubin |


Kill the Kill List

The Obama administration is grossly misreading international law when it comes to targeting terrorists.

Daphne Eviatar |


The FP Survey: The Future of NATO

Does the 63-year-old alliance still matter today? We asked politicians, scholars, and other observers from both sides of the Atlantic to weigh in.

Allison Good |


Congratulations and Condolences

The conviction of Charles Taylor is welcome news. But don’t be fooled: The international criminal justice system is in deep trouble.

Christopher Stephen |