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The Unthinkable Olive Branch

Sometimes the only way to end a conflict is to forgive those who were behind it.

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The Grim Reality Behind Tunisia’s Fairy Tale

Tunisia’s democratic achievements are under threat. Here’s why a fake “national consensus” isn’t the answer.

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Mourning the Syria That Might Have Been

How Assad’s forces bombed a democratic experiment into oblivion.

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Why Jihadists Fight

Tunisia is supposed to be the success story of the Arab Spring — so why are so many of its young men flocking to the Islamic State?

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Art Is a Window to the Arab World’s Soul

If you want to understand the Middle East (in Washington, D.C.), ditch the think-tank panels and catch the photo exhibits and hip-hop shows by Arab artists.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses for a photo during a visit a hospital in Tripoli, the capital of Libya on October 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO/KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL (Photo credit should read )

Hillary Clinton Has No Regrets About Libya

The intervention didn’t go according to plan. But the Democratic front-runner doesn’t think withdrawing from the Middle East is the answer.

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Turkey Has Given Up on Democracy Outside Its Borders, Too

Not too long ago, Ankara was working to promote democracy across its region. But an increasingly authoritarian President Erdogan has lost interest.

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How Tunisia’s Islamists Embraced Democracy

The Ennahda party was widely seen as a threat to Tunisia's democratic transition. Instead, it helped drive it forward.

Libyans stand next to a crater and debris at the site of a jihadist training camp, targeted in a US air strike, near the Libyan city of Sabratha on February 19, 2016.

A US air strike on a jihadist training camp in Libya killed dozens of people Friday, probably including a senior Islamic State group operative behind attacks in Tunisia, officials said. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why the U.S. Strike in Libya Wasn’t Just About Libya

Washington was also trying to protect Tunisia — and help keep the Arab Spring’s only success story from going off the rails.

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How Tunisia’s Crooked Cops Are Undermining the Revolution

Tunisia's uprising was a cry against pervasive corruption. Five years later, it's only gotten worse.

Supporters of ruling party candidate, Jovenel Moise, of PHTK political party, march in Port-au-Prince, on January 28, 2016 to give their support to the candidate and to protest against the possible installation of a transitional government.
The demonstrators demand the continuation of the electoral process that was scheduled for Sunday January 24. Haiti's electoral authority postponed the planned January 24th presidential run-off amid mounting opposition street protests and voting fraud allegations. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Army And Its President

To keep the armed forces happy, President Sisi is giving them Egypt’s economy.

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Five Years Later, Tunisians Take to the Streets Again

In the new, democratic Tunisia, people are protesting again — and for the same reason as before.

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Egypt’s Roadmap to Nowhere

The new parliament in Cairo is just a fig leaf for President Sisi's authoritarian rule.

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