Arab Spring

Obama's Former Muslim Advisor Assesses Whether He's Lived Up to His Cairo Speech
October 19, 2014

Obama came into office promising to improve relations with the Muslim world. It didn't go exactly as planned.

A Middle East Expert Explains Assad's Dangerous Charm, ISIS's Plans, and the Future of the Region
An Interview With Robert Ford, the Former Ambasssador to Syria
July 09, 2014

A conversation with former Syrian Ambassador Robert Ford.

In One Egyptian City, the Arab Spring Spirit Has Not Been Snuffed
February 17, 2014

Why unrest persists in Suez but not in other parts of Egypt.

Egypt Has Replaced a Single Dictator With a Slew of Dictatorial Institutions
The sad story of Amr Hamzawy and Emad Shahin
January 26, 2014

On June 5, 2013, Amr Hamzawy, an academic and former liberal parliamentarian, tweeted a quick criticism of the verdict of an Egyptian court.

The Young Egyptians Who Launched the Arab Spring Are Quitting Politics Altogether
November 02, 2013

The uprisings now sometimes collectively called “The Arab Spring” seemed at first like stories about the political and economic empowerment of young people.

The Yom Kippur War Was 40 Years Ago. Everything You Thought You Knew About It Is Wrong.
October 15, 2013

Egyptians marked the fortieth anniversary of their army's putative triumph over Israel by bloodying one another in Tahrir Square. Syrians, too, commemorated the date with internecine violence.

The Unluckiest People on Earth
Syrians refugees thought Egypt would be safe. They were wrong.
October 06, 2013

Long before the start of the Arab Spring, Syrians in the southern town of Saqba had close ties with Egyptians in Damietta.

'Its Name Is Fascism'
The supporters of Egypt's military aren't liberals
August 15, 2013

Cairo is no longer the capital of Arab hope. It is now the capital of Arab despair.

Civil State or Civil War?
Egypt could become the next Turkey. It could also become the next Algeria.
July 11, 2013

Behind the debate about whether the July 3 ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi should be considered a popular impeachment or a military coup, there is a basic question: Are things in Egypt going to get better or worse?

Welcome to Phase Three of the Arab Spring
Islamists are waning in the Arab world. But will Obama notice?
February 22, 2013

Islamists are waning in the Arab world. But will Obama notice?