Employees disinfect the streets and shops inside Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Istanbul on March 18.

The Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis on Europe’s Borders

European countries have suffered from the pandemic, but their southern and eastern neighbors are faring even worse—setting the stage for financial ruin, political instability, and a surge of refugees.

Algerian protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration.

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

Handwritten notes are stuck on a boat used by migrants on Los Caños de Meca beach near Barbate, Spain, on Nov. 26, 2018.

Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in North Africa

The United States should stop treating the region as secondary to the rest of the Middle East.

Members of the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army take part in a ceremony to mark 40 years after the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic was proclaimed by the Polisario Front in the disputed territory of Western Sahara at the Rabouni Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria, on Feb. 26, 2016.

Can John Bolton Thaw Western Sahara’s Long-Frozen Conflict?

The Polisario Front has created an international diplomatic presence on a shoestring budget and sees the Trump administration as its best hope in decades to gain independence from Morocco.

A Moroccan draped in the Berber, or Amazigh, flag shouts slogans while marching during a protest against the jailing of Al-Hirak or "Popular Movement" activists in the capital Rabat on July 15, 2018.

Morocco’s Crackdown Won’t Silence Dissent

Across the country, protesters are increasingly willing to criticize the government and the monarchy—even in the face of repression.

A road sign points towards an Airbnb apartment, located in the Esh Kodesh outpost, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo and the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank on November 20, 2018.

If the U.S. Government Won’t Act, Airbnb Will

While the White House rubber-stamps Benjamin Netanyahu’s every move, the online rental company is cracking down on Israel’s illegal settlements.

The cover of "Destination Casablanca." (Public Affairs)

Book Excerpt: ‘Destination Casablanca’

The naval battle of Casablanca began with airplanes.

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 29:  Activists participate in the Global Climate March in front of the Reichstag Building on November 29, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The COP21 2015 Paris Climate Conference will begin on November 30, though due to the recent Paris terror attacks French police have banned activists from marching in Paris. Large-scale marches are instead taking place in other cities, including today in Berlin.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Trump May Kill the World’s Last Hope for a Climate Change Pact

The climate change summit in Morocco, like the rest of the world, is now grappling with the implications of Trump’s victory.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco is surrounded by supporters and admirers as he leaves his hotel on March 30, 2016 in Amsterdam following a several day visit.  / AFP / ANP / ALEXANDER SCHIPPERS / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER SCHIPPERS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed VI and the Choice Facing Islam

Morocco's king has done the world a favor with a speech condemning jihadists and warning Muslims not to follow their path.

A Brazilian soldier patrol at the rowing venue Lagoa stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016 ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / DAMIEN MEYER        (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

We Already Knew Rio Was a Mess, and Then These Terrible Things Happened

Brazil's Olympics have been off to a messy start, and it seems like they're only getting worse.

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Dalai Lama: Those Who Cause Bloodshed Are Not “Genuine” Practitioners of Islam

The Dalai Lama spoke about peace-building and the Orlando shootings in front of an audience in Washington, D.C.

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How the State Department’s Human Rights Report Treats Friends — and Adversaries

The authors of the reports should take into account the nature of America's relationships to countries that come in for criticism.

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In Morocco, a New Kind of Bedouin Businessman

Morocco showcases its tribal traditions and art -- and looks to attract investment -- amid U.N. tensions over the disputed Western Sahara.


Fear This Man

To spies, David Vincenzetti is a salesman. To tyrants, he is a savior. How the Italian mogul built a hacking empire.

Moroccan protesters hold placards and shout slogans in the capital Rabat, on March 13, 2016, during a demonstration against statements made by the United Nations chief earlier in the week regarding the Western Sahara, a disputed territory between Morocco and the Polisario Front, following his visit to a camp for refugees from the territory.
Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Rabat to protest against UN chief Ban Ki-moon's "lack of neutrality" over Western Sahara. The UN has been trying to oversee an independence referendum for Western Sahara since 1992 after a ceasefire was reached to end a war that broke out when Morocco sent its forces to the former Spanish territory in 1975. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front is seeking independence for the territory, a demand ruled out by Morocco which argues for a broad autonomy for the territory under its sovereignty. Earlier this month Ban visited a camp in Algeria for refugees from Western Sahara as part of a regional tour and spoke of a "human tragedy". He also announced plans to re-launch UN-sponsored talks between Rabat and the Polisario Front.

On March 8, the Moroccan government, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry, accused Ban of speaking out of line and of allegedly using the word "occupation" to describe the status of Western Sahara. / AFP / FADEL SENNA        (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Just Say No to Another Failed State in Africa

It is never a good idea to make broad generalizations about Africa.

A man hold a placard reading "Help Europe" as Syrian and Afgan refugees attend a protest rally to demand to travel to Germany on September 2, 2015 outside the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest. Hungarian authorities face mounting anger from thousands of migrants who are unable to board trains to western European countries after the main Budapest station was closed. 
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(LtoR) Off-duty US servicemen Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler together with US ambassador to France Jane Hartley leave after a reception at the Elysee Palace in Paris on August 24, 2015, after having been awarded with France's top Legion d'Honneur medal by the French president in recognition of their bravery after they overpowered the train attacker. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
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Alek Skarlatos Thwarted a Terrorist Attack. But Can He Waltz?

Army National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos tackled a gunman on a Paris-bound train in August. Now he'll try to dance his way to the top on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

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