Consent of the Governors
Why Egypt’s constitutional referendum is a worrisome step toward authoritarianism.
The Political Science of Syria’s War
From 'veto players' to 'emotions,' a state-of-the-art tour of the scholarship on civil wars and insurgencies.
What lessons do the success of Camp David and the failure of Oslo hold for America's nuclear deal with Iran?
The Entrepreneurs of Cynical Sectarianism
Why the Middle East's identity conflicts go way beyond the Sunni-Shiite divide.
The Middle East Power Vacuum
When Iran starts to look competent and responsible, you know you've got a problem.
Iraq’s Moment to Rise or Burn
Baghdad could be the key to unlocking the region's worst conflicts -- if only it could get its own house in order.
Does it even make sense for the Obama administration to push for democracy in the Arab world?
A Partial Syria Reset
Obama's diplomatic solution might not stop Assad's war, but it's far better than what airstrikes would have accomplished.
The Price of Proxies
Don't be fooled: The United States is already knee-deep in the Syrian quagmire, and the opportunity costs are disturbing.
The sectarian and political camps across the Arab world are violently divided on Syria. Could a U.S. bombing campaign bring them together?
As Good As It Gets
Why Washington's policy toward Cairo is pretty spot on (except for a few things).