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October 19, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Erdogan Might Be Too Sick to Keep Leading Turkey

Evidence is growing that Turkey’s president is ailing—and that could be bad news for the country’s politics.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves after the Global Refugee Forum at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 17, 2019

October 4, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.

U.S. President George W. Bush (L) meets with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak (R) in Sharm El Sheikh May 17, 2008.

September 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Netanyahu Is Gone. Netanyahu-ism Still Reigns.

When it comes to policies Washington cares about, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his predecessor are practically the same.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to an Israeli army base in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, November 24, 2019.

August 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

July 28, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Miscalculating Tunisia

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long. 

Amid fellow protesters, a Tunisian girl holds a sign reading "game over." Two soldiers stand facing the crowd.

August 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years. 

July 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.

June 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016.

June 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Your Fix for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Won’t Work

The dispute is complicated in ways that extend far beyond political and legal solutions.

A Palestinian demonstrator scuffles with an Israeli border policewoman during a protest marking "Land Day", in Sebastia near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 30, 2021.

June 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Israel’s War Will Never End

For Israelis and Palestinians, ethnic violence isn't a temporary problem. It’s a lasting identity.

Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir carries an Israeli flag as he dances together with others by Damascus gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City June 15, 2021.