The Clock Is Ticking for Tunisia’s Saied
Most Tunisians still support the president, but time is limited.
Kais Saied Is Not a Dictator
Tunisia’s controversial president is seeking to preserve the legacy of the Arab Spring by stamping out corruption and promoting decentralized democracy.
Tunisia’s on a Knife-Edge Between Reform and Autocracy
Two weeks after suspending parliament, what road map will Tunisian President Kais Saied gin up?
The Geopolitical Stakes of Olympic Perfection—and Defection
The Tokyo Games have brought a surge of nationalism and laid bare the methods of autocrats like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
How the West Misunderstood Tunisia
If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long.
The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia
Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied’s power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.
Ben Ali’s Ghost Still Haunts Tunisia
The Arab Spring’s democratic success story is wrestling with the vestiges of an authoritarian past.
Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road
Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.
Betrayed by Their Leaders, Failed by the West, Arabs Still Want Democracy
The Arab world is trapped in a state of permanent revolution.
Tunisia’s Decade of Democracy
Ten years after the Arab Spring, Tunisians are discovering that political reform alone isn’t enough.
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.
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.
Mohammed bin Salman Is Making Muslims Boycott Mecca
The Saudi crown prince’s regional aggression and disdain for human rights have prompted religious scholars and pious pilgrims to refuse to go on the hajj.
Tunisia’s Authoritarians Learn to Love Liberalism
Police unions are using their country’s newfound freedoms to protect themselves—and attack freedom fighters.