Religion

Dispatch

A Government in Search of a Country

Can the newly appointed opposition prime minister form an interim government that Syrians can get behind?

Justin Vela |

Dispatch

The Jihadi from the Block

In the war for the heart of northern Mali, the real fear isn’t al Qaeda, it’s the criminals and fundamentalists lurking just around the corner.

Peter Tinti |

Transcript

The Secret Surge Debate

Behind closed doors, a newly revealed transcript shows, the Bush administration was much more deeply divided about the way forward in Iraq than it let on in public.

Michael R. Gordon |

Dispatch

The Beatified Game

How the new pope has blessed the long suffering soccer fans of Argentina’s Club Atlético San Lorenzo.

Haley Cohen |

Argument

Social Warfare

Budget hawks' plans to cut funding for political and social science aren't just short-sighted and simple-minded -- they'll actually hurt national security.

Scott Atran |

Argument

The Execution of the Saudi Seven

Saudi Arabia's farcical justice system condemned seven young men to death this week, and the world remained silent.

Ali AlAhmed |

Argument

How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked Syria's Revolution

The shadowy Islamist group that was all but destroyed in the 1980s is ruining the uprising against Bashar al-Assad.

Hassan Hassan |

Marc Lynch

Tehran Tanking

Iran's popularity in the Arab world is way down, but sectarianism is on the rise.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Missing in Action

Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?

Mosharraf Zaidi |

Letters

Mind the Gap

Charles Kenny is too quick to call off the clash of civilizations.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Feature

Help Wanted: Must Be Infallible

A job description for the next pope.

Joshua E. Keating |

Reality Check

Tribes With Flags

How the Arab Spring has exposed the myth of Arab statehood.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Against the Tides

As Pope Benedict XVI says his final farewells, how will Germans remember one of their own?

Malte Lehming |

Argument

Vatican Insider

Though rumors of gay scandal are swirling around Pope Benedict’s retirement, it’s larger concerns that will test the Vatican as the Conclave begins.

Paolo Mastrolilli |

The List

The Skeletons in Benedict's Closet

A guide to the sex abuse scandals under Pope Benedict XVI's watch.

Elias Groll |

Christian Caryl

It's Not About Us

Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

White Smoke

An insider's guide to choosing the new pope.

Daniel Williams |

Slide Show

We Report, the Cardinals Decide

10 top candidates to be the next pope.

Slide Show |

Argument

Arm the Syrian Rebels. Now.

Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?

Michael Doran |

Dispatch

Love Is a Battlefield

Are the Taliban using sex to fight America?

Mujib Mashal |

Dispatch

Syria's Secular Revolution Lives On

Islamist radicals may be gaining strength, but the spirit that sparked this uprising survives in the unlikeliest of places.

Omar Hossino |

Feature

Marching Through the Monarchies

Two years after the Arab Spring awoke demons and democracy in the Middle East, I went to see whether changes had roiled the lands of royals.

Emma Sky |

Slide Show

On the Warpath with France's Avant-Garde

Following in the footsteps of the French military advance in Mali.

Fabio Bucciarelli |

Argument

Mali Is Not a Stan

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

Laura Seay |

Slide Show

La Libération

French-led forces recapture the ancient town of Timbuktu.

Slide Show |

Think Again

Think Again: The Muslim Brotherhood

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

Eric Trager |

Argument

Rainbow Coalition

A gay rights revolution is sweeping across the Americas. It's time for Washington to catch up.

J. Lester Feder |

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

A More Sacred Union

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

Robert Zaretsky |