Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., tours a U.S.-funded supermarket in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on May 21, 2017.  (Raad Adayleh/AFP/Getty Images)

Haley: Vote With U.S. at U.N. or We’ll Cut Your Aid

In a proposed aid overhaul, Nikki Haley embraces an “America first” foreign policy.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

An oil rig in the Tamar field off Israel's coast in 2013. It was the first major find in the Eastern Mediterranean and will supply natural gas for export to Egypt. (Noble Energy)

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Eastern Mediterranean energy patch is hot — unfortunately, in more ways than one.

U.S. President Donald Trump brandishes a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

Smoke billows over Mosul, Iraq, after an airstrike by U.S.-led international coalition forces targeting the Islamic State on July 9, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trouble Before the Storm

The past year gives no indication that Trump is ready for a military crisis in the Middle East.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony in Paris on October 24, 2017.

Egypt’s Undemocratic Election

Under Sisi’s iron fist, only one candidate is allowed to run.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, on May 15, 2016.  (DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

Egypt-Sudan Spat Muddies Prospects for Deal on Big Nile Dam

Talks are stalled over how to deal with the impact of a $5 billion dam that could threaten Egypt’s lifeblood.

Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges, and Hamed Sinno, members of the band Mashrou' Leila, in New York on Nov. 1. After their concert in Cairo in September, Egypt intensified a crackdown on its LGBT community. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

2017 Was a Bad Year for Egypt’s LGBT Community. 2018 Could Be Even Worse.

Egyptian authorities are using a "debauchery" law to justify a crackdown on gay and trans people.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi waits for a meeting with John Kerry, then the U.S. secretary of state, in Cairo on Sept. 13, 2014. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s Civil Society Is on Life Support

Under the guise of fighting a "war on terrorism," Cairo is cracking down on organizations that shed light on its abuses.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris on October 24, 2017.(CHARLES PLATIAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Sisi Doesn’t Know How to Beat ISIS

Egypt’s brute-force approach to counterterrorism isn’t working in Sinai.

CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 01:  A youth waves Egyptian flags from a lamp post in Tahrir Square on February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian army has said it will not fire on protestors as they gather in large numbers in central Cairo.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Egypt Cracks Down, Again

Rainbow flags, political challengers, and citizenship laws are all in Cairo’s crosshairs.

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In Policy Reversal, U.S. Withholds Aid to Egypt

The move comes as a surprise from an administration that stressed stability over human rights.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

With Obama Gone, Trump Pentagon Resumes Major Egyptian War Game

The Bright Star exercise will focus on counterterrorism, key for the battle in the Sinai Peninsula.


The Squeeze Is On Against Hamas

The Islamist movement's Arab neighbors, together with Israel, are cutting off its few remaining lifelines — and hoping not to spark a war.

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