Middle East & Africa
A man visiting the Hejaz train station near al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 4. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

The Other Magic Kingdom

Saudi Arabia is making a very risky bet that it can become an international tourist destination.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the head of Israel's Arab parliamentary bloc, Ayman Odeh, during a discussion to vote on the dissolution of the Israeli parliament in the Knesset in Jerusalem on Dec. 26, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

How the Jewish Left and Palestinian Arabs Can Remake Israeli Politics

A political alliance between Israel’s left wing and Arab parties could topple Benjamin Netanyahu.

A man prays at the burial of a friend on January 16, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya after al-Shabab militants stormed the Dusit hotel complex.

Al-Shabab Wants You To Know It’s Alive and Well

The brutal attack in Kenya is designed to show Washington and the world that the terrorist group is still a force to be reckoned with in East Africa.

Arab-Israelis—also known as Palestinian citizens in Israel—wave Palestinian flags at a Land Day demonstration in the village of Araba in the Galilee on March 30, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian in Israel

The population the government refers to as "Arab-Israeli" is increasingly embracing the term "Palestinian."

A police officer removes tires set by protesters during a demonstration in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 14. (Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe Crackdown Saps Hopes of Reform

The violence is a blow to Zimbabweans who hoped for greater freedom of expression in the post-Mugabe era.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters gather behind a sandbagged barricade northwest of Manbij in northern Syria on Jan. 15. (Nazeer al-Khatib/ AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Making the Mess in Syria Even Messier

He inherited the conflict. It’s up to him to resolve it responsibly.

Druze men at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights flash the V for victory sign as they look out across the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra on July 7, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.

The Tamar natural gas production platform on March 28, 2013. There is growing regional cooperation on energy in the Eastern Mediterranean, whose natural gas boom kicked off here, off the coast of Israel. (Albatross/Getty Images)

Club Med: Israel, Egypt, and Others Form New Natural Gas Group

The new grouping is meant to jump-start the Eastern Mediterranean’s energy revolution.

A member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit at the Bwera General Hospital in western Uganda on Dec. 12, 2018. (Isaac Kasmani/AFP/Getty Images)

Ebola Has Gotten So Bad, It’s Normal

Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore—and that’s bad news for everyone.

People gather to celebrate the return of the formerly banned anti-government group the Oromo Liberation Front at Mesquel Square in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sept. 15, 2018.

Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia

Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.

Demonstrators during a march commemorating victims of Gambia's former regime, in Serekunda, on April 10, 2017.

Truth First, Reconciliation Later

After decades of dictatorship, Gambia has launched a truth commission. But in a country where some victims were also perpetrators, delivering justice to all won’t be easy.

Iranian reformist Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, at right, speaks with hardline Judiciary Chief Mahmood Shahroudi in Tehran on Dec. 12, 2002. (Keivan/Getty Images)

Iran’s Next Supreme Leader Is Dead

And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.

President Omar al-Bashir appears at a rally with his supporters in Khartoum on Jan. 9, 2019. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is the Uprising Sudan’s Genocidal Dictator Always Feared

The country’s current protests include all sections of society—and may soon topple Omar al-Bashir’s entire regime.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waits to board a helicopter at the Baghdad International Airport during his visit to Iraq on Jan. 9 in the Iraqi capital. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Is Flying Solo in the Middle East

The Trump administration still lacks key ambassadors and senior diplomats to help tackle its biggest foreign-policy challenges.

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