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March 13, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

February 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
TrumpSaudi Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

February 8, 2018

Erdogan General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

January 24, 2018

ErdoganTurkeyAfrin The Entirely Rational Basis for Turkey's Move Into Syria

Nearly a century of mistrust of America and an obsession with defeating the Kurds sparked its operation in Afrin.

January 16, 2018

BP01162018 Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
IsraelBarrierJerusalem Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

January 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
WestBankWall Israel Moves to Annex the West Bank—This Is How the Two-State Solution Dies

While the media focuses on Trump, Netanyahu imposes a “solution”: There will never be a Palestinian state.

December 21, 2017

Sisi Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Analysts have blamed Egypt’s autocracy for a recent attack that killed hundreds. But that’s not what’s motivating the violence.

November 27, 2017

Trump Erdogan Why Turkey Feels Burned by Trump

The Turks thought the president would be their friend. Instead, ties with Washington have only gotten worse. 

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.