The End of Hope in the Middle East
The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.
Food Price Spikes and Social Unrest: The Dark Side of the Fed’s Crisis-Fighting
Emergency monetary policies produce an unintended consequence: rising food prices around the world.
Lebanon Has Suffered From Sectarianism for Too Long
Mass protests could put an end to the ethnic clientelism that has empowered corrupt leaders. But demonstrators must stand their ground or risk being co-opted like those who rose up in 2005.
Trump to Arab Protesters: I Stand With Your Rulers, Not You
As demonstrations erupt from Iraq to Lebanon to Egypt, the United States is sending strong signals that it no longer has any stomach for democracy promotion.
Tunisia’s Authoritarians Learn to Love Liberalism
Police unions are using their country’s newfound freedoms to protect themselves—and attack freedom fighters.
How Algerians Ousted Bouteflika
On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria
The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.
The Fight for Freedom in Algeria Isn’t Finished
The 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to step down, but the protesters’ victory won’t be complete without a genuine democratic transition.
الربيع العربي لم ينته بعد
روح الربيع العربي لا تزال مستمرة كما أظهرت الاحتجاجات الكبيرة في الجزائر والسودان.
The Arab Spring Is Not Over Yet
Major protests in Algeria and Sudan show that the spirit of 2011 lives on.
FIFA Cares About Cash, Not Players
By allowing a refugee soccer player to remain stranded in Thailand, soccer’s governing body is scoring another own goal.
Sisi Isn’t Mubarak. He’s Much Worse.
Egypt faced terrible repression during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak eras, but nothing like today’s sustained cruelty.
Libya an Obstacle on Tunisia’s Path to Stability
In an interview, Tunisian foreign minister says Western-led action in Libya in 2011 was reckless.
Former Egyptian President Mubarak Acquitted of Killing Arab Spring Protesters
And that’s that for the Arab Spring.
The Unthinkable Olive Branch
Sometimes the only way to end a conflict is to forgive those who were behind it.
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.
Mourning the Syria That Might Have Been
How Assad’s forces bombed a democratic experiment into oblivion.
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?
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.