North Africa

Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli on April 9.

Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly

The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.

An Algerian man holds the national flag during a demonstration in the center of the capital Algiers on March 11, after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office and postponed an April 18 election, following weeks of protests.

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.

Tourists and Tunisians take part in a ceremony on July 3, 2015, in memory of those killed the previous week by a jihadist gunman in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fight Against Terror Needs Better Data

The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.

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Dozens of Coptic Christians Gunned Down in Egypt Attack

The latest in a spate of attacks in Egypt against Christians.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni speaks to the Italian media at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, April 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Could Italy Get Trump to Care About Fixing Libya?

Paolo Gentiloni's visit to Washington provides an opportunity for Donald Trump to heed an ally's advice.

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For Trump and El-Sisi, Counterterrorism Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Trump voices unqualified support for El-Sisi. Egyptian leader compliments Trump’s “unique personality.”

<> on March 10, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya.

Libya Can’t Save Itself

As fighting heats up between rival armed groups and Russia increases its involvement, a power vacuum threatens to tear the country apart.

Libyan troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff for Moamer Kadhafi, sit on an amoured personnel carrier (APC) during a demonstration calling on the international community to arm the Libyan army on August 14, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The Tobruk-based government (recognised by the international community) said in a statement that world powers were using "double standards" by fighting IS in Syria and Iraq and "turning a blind eye" to the presence of the jihadists in Libya.   AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA        (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy’s Last-Ditch Effort to Stabilize Libya

Rome is trying to shape the future of its onetime colony, but may get elbowed aside by local strongmen and their foreign partners.

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The Unthinkable Olive Branch

Sometimes the only way to end a conflict is to forgive those who were behind it.

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Does Algeria Still Have Time to Turn It Around?

The oil money is running out, the pressures are mounting, and the government's new development plan is looking doubtful.

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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.

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Tunisia’s Celebrated Labor Union Is Holding the Country Back

Tunisia desperately needs to reform its bloated public sector. But organized labor is digging in its heels.

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Why Does Tunisia Produce So Many Terrorists?

The success story of the Arab Spring has made room for moderate secularists to flourish. But that’s a double-edged sword.

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To Rebuild Libya, Start From Below

If Libya’s friends in the West want to boost effective governance, they need to cultivate the grassroots.

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How to Contain Libya’s New Warlord

Libya’s new unity government can survive only by finding a way to stand up to General Khalifa Haftar and his army.

<> on November 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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.

One of King Tutankhamun's gold sarcophagi is displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo late 22 October 2007. This is the third and innermost coffin containing the mummy made of thick solid gold. The gold-plated second coffin appears in the background. AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLE        (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/GettyImages)

Cambridge Researchers Find World’s Youngest Mummy

A CT scan on an old artifact revealed the remains of a tiny mummified fetus.

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