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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.