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Dozens of Coptic Christians Gunned Down in Egypt Attack

The latest in a spate of attacks in Egypt against Christians.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni speaks to the Italian media at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, April 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Could Italy Get Trump to Care About Fixing Libya?

Paolo Gentiloni's visit to Washington provides an opportunity for Donald Trump to heed an ally's advice.

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For Trump and El-Sisi, Counterterrorism Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Trump voices unqualified support for El-Sisi. Egyptian leader compliments Trump’s “unique personality.”

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Libya Can’t Save Itself

As fighting heats up between rival armed groups and Russia increases its involvement, a power vacuum threatens to tear the country apart.

Libyan troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff for Moamer Kadhafi, sit on an amoured personnel carrier (APC) during a demonstration calling on the international community to arm the Libyan army on August 14, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The Tobruk-based government (recognised by the international community) said in a statement that world powers were using "double standards" by fighting IS in Syria and Iraq and "turning a blind eye" to the presence of the jihadists in Libya.   AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA        (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy’s Last-Ditch Effort to Stabilize Libya

Rome is trying to shape the future of its onetime colony, but may get elbowed aside by local strongmen and their foreign partners.

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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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Does Algeria Still Have Time to Turn It Around?

The oil money is running out, the pressures are mounting, and the government's new development plan is looking doubtful.

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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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Tunisia’s Celebrated Labor Union Is Holding the Country Back

Tunisia desperately needs to reform its bloated public sector. But organized labor is digging in its heels.

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Why Does Tunisia Produce So Many Terrorists?

The success story of the Arab Spring has made room for moderate secularists to flourish. But that’s a double-edged sword.

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To Rebuild Libya, Start From Below

If Libya’s friends in the West want to boost effective governance, they need to cultivate the grassroots.

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How to Contain Libya’s New Warlord

Libya’s new unity government can survive only by finding a way to stand up to General Khalifa Haftar and his army.

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