Why trying to think like the Islamic State is so hard—and risky.
It was nice to think the region’s uprisings weren’t about the United States, or didn't have to be. But in part they were, and they did.
Obama has secured an admirable agreement, but at tremendous cost.
Can liberal societies come to terms with religious illiberalism?
ISIS's rise is related to Islam. The question is: How?
Politics is being rejected in favor of violence across the Middle East. And it's more complicated than "ancient hatreds."
Across the region, power struggles mask a more fundamental divide over the meaning of the modern nation-state.
Egypt's receding democracy, by the numbers
In prioritizing security over democracy promotion, the Obama administration is failing to address the root causes of extremism in the region.
America’s confused, half-hearted policy toward Cairo has never been more adrift.
The balance shifted toward Islamists because we didn't support the rebels enough. And now, the U.S. is even less willing to support the rebels.
The agreement struck in Geneva on chemical weapons effectively strengthens the Syrian strongman by removing the threat of American military involvement.
President Morsi suffers from a "legitimacy deficit," but will opposition groups gain anything from trying to oust him on Sunday?
Obama's move to arm the rebels is angering both sides of the intervention debate.
Most fighters on the ground don't care about the National Coalition, whose members are primarily based abroad.
Obama's strategy in the Middle East is 'engage where we must, disengage where we can'
President Obama shouldn't let the Iraq debacle keep him from considering engagement with Syria, a country where the humanitarian situation keeps getting worse.
The government's seizure of newspapers that encouraged a military coup raise difficult questions for how post-revolutionary Egypt can stay stable and free.
It's not just about deterring the country's generals from grabbing power -- it's about demonstrating that the U.S. is making democracy a top priority in the Middle East.
Mohamed Morsi, the group's official but less-than-ideal candidate for the Egyptian presidency, poses them with an existential challenge.