State Department

The List

A Decade of Wishful Thinking

Western policymakers and pundits tried for years to convince themselves that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was a reformer. He's not.

Cameron Abadi |

Terms of Engagement

The Hard Part

What happens if the Libyan rebels actually win?

James Traub |

The List

WikiLosers

Julian Assange said WikiLeaks would change the world. At the very least, it changed these people's lives forever.

Charles Homans |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Awlaki-linked terror plotter sentenced to 30 years in prison; Brennan hits out at administration critics

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Andrew Lebovich |

Terms of Engagement

The Myth of the Useful Dictator

In propping up autocrats in countries like Yemen and Bahrain, the United States has long weighed its interests against its principles. Is it a false choice?

James Traub |

The LWOT

The LWOT: DOJ indicts Canadian in NY Subway plot; Lawmakers and lawyers spar over Gitmo

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Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Memo to Madam Secretary: First, Do No Harm

Hillary Clinton's first visit to a changed Arab world is full of promise and peril.

Aaron David Miller |

Feature

Spy Games

Why Pakistan let CIA contractor Raymond Davis go.

Scott Horton |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Gunman kills two U.S. Airmen at Frankfurt Airport; Two NJ men plead guilty to attempting to join al-Shabaab

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: FBI arrests Saudi in alleged terrorism plot; Chesser gets 25 years in prison

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Andrew Lebovich |

Feature

A Warlord's Last Chance

Why Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor thinks there was an international conspiracy against him.

Johnny Dwyer |

Terms of Engagement

Slash and Burn

Congressional Republicans are bent on all but eliminating the U.S. government's foreign aid budget. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates may be the only one who can stop them.

James Traub |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Terror camp trainer pleads guilty at Gitmo; House passes 90-day Patriot Act extension

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: House fails to pass Patriot Act extensions; Top officials testify on terrorist threat

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Chechen rebel leader claims Moscow attack; Cameron criticizes 'multiculturalism'

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Lieberman criticizes Army, FBI over Ft. Hood; Possible fifth 9/11 cell revealed

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Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Iran Cracks Down While Egypt Cracks Up

Tehran is claiming that the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt reflect the heady days of 1979. Not so fast says the Green Movement -- it's 2009 that's a better parallel.

Barbara Slavin |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Ghailani receives life sentence in embassy bombings; U.K. announces counterterrorism reforms

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Andrew Lebovich |

Terms of Engagement

The Rest of the Story

Al Jazeera's Palestine Papers have been a PR disaster for the Palestinian Authority. But it's Israel's American supporters who really need to read them.

James Traub |

Argument

Egypt's Struggle for Freedom

Egyptians are taking to the streets to demand their rights. Shame on America if it stands in the way.

Yasser El-Shimy |

Argument

Whispering at Autocrats

In one fell swoop, the candor of the cables released by WikiLeaks did more for Arab democracy than decades of backstage U.S. diplomacy.

Tom Malinowski |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Ghailani faces life at sentencing today; Alleged al Qaeda figure could be deported to U.S.

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Andrew Lebovich |

Feature

I Was a Rare Earths Day Trader

How a naval confrontation in the South China Sea created a global investment bubble -- and cost me half my life savings.

Jason Miklian |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Obama to resume Gitmo trials; Supreme court declines habeas case

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Andrew Lebovich |

Terms of Engagement

The Post-Tunisia World

Last week's upheaval showed that citizens of the Arab world are willing and able to overthrow their dictators -- and the Obama administration has to figure out how it will respond when they do.

James Traub |

Argument

While You Were Reading About Ukrainian Nurses …

Real news was buried in WikiLeaks -- like this revealing cable on Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Gary Sick |

Terms of Engagement

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Forum for the Future was supposed to be an instrument of George W. Bush's Middle East freedom agenda. Seven years later, it embodies everything that was wrong with it -- and the Arab street is taking matters into its own hands.

James Traub |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Protests greet Guantanamo anniversary; FBI interrogates American in Kuwait

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Terror arrests roil Europe; Obama considers indefinite detention review process

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: British arrest 12 in terror sweep; Ghailani to file appeal

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Andrew Lebovich |