In Depth: Middle East and France

13 Sep 2017

Migration Summit Yields Some Optimism, But Success Depends on Libya

Europe’s Big Four recently met with leaders from Libya, Chad, and Niger to discuss migration. Their efforts may improve the crisis, but all long-term success will depend on Libya.
5 Apr 2017

Standing Up to Terrorism Means Standing Up for Democracy

Foreign aid is often mistaken for charity but by working to expand the borders of freedom abroad, the United States is safer and more prosperous.
2 Jul 2015

The Iran Delusion: A Primer for the Perplexed

So long as Tehran fuels violence in the Middle East’s most dangerous places, trading sanctions relief for weapons inspections will have no effect on the deeper threat Iran poses.
1 Sep 2015

Europe’s Vulnerable Trains

Last September the Islamic State threatened the West, but the EU still needs to improve security for trains and stations, where security is far more lax and the public more vulnerable.
28 Feb 2013

What North Africa Wants to Hear from John Kerry

Western countries can help North Africa's long term democratic and economic prospects by trusting that region's citizens will hold their elected leaders accountable in future elections, and not play favorites in the near term.
28 Jun 2013

Islamic Terror: Decentralized, Franchised, Global

As President Obama scales back on the War on Terror, al-Qaeda and its mutations have decentralized and spread, and by now are poised to strike in unexpected places.
26 Apr 2012

Israel and Iran: The Grounds for an Israeli Attack

Given Washington’s current reluctance to use military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Western leaders should at least grant that Israeli action is justifiable.
1 Sep 2009

The Big Story: Our Embattled Media

News coverage of the Iraq War will be studied by future journalists and officers alike. ABC's Marcus Wilford offers an initial assessment of what worked—and what didn't.
9 Mar 2011

The Leader of the Free World is Apparently France

Michael J. Totten's blog France is the first country to recognize the rebel leaders of Benghazi as the legitimate government of Libya . The old Libyan government says it will sever relations with France. ...

18 Nov 2013

Negotiating to Stop Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

France and Israel have correctly declared that Iran must cease its nuclear development program, but have the statements prematurely cornered Rouhani?
22 Aug 2011

Libya’s Rebels Unhappy with Russia and China

with western countries like the Italians, French and UK companies,” says a rebel ...

2 Jun 2011

Interesting if True

still bad in Egypt despite the peace treaty between the two countries ...

19 Apr 2013

One Suspect Down, Massive Manhunt Underway for a Second

The post-communist Muslim countries I’ve been to are thoroughly secular, even more so ...

12 Aug 2013

Can Beirut Be Paris Again?

it was among the least stable countries on earth. During the 1950s and early ...

7 May 2015

Blasphemy and Double Standards

Where were the sensitive writers protesting PEN's celebration of Charlie Hebdo when the Broadway blockbuster The Book of Mormon mocked and ridiculed Mormonism?
15 Aug 2014

Back to Iraq?

In the wake of the Gulf War, the US and others began the 20-year “no-fly” program. Then, too, Washington made assurances that aerial missions would not lead to boots on the ground.
21 Mar 2012

US Criticized by Tunisian Secularists for Backing Islamists

While Washington tries to establish ties with Tunisia's new "moderate" Islamist government, the country's liberals are baffled by what they believe is American support of a party of religious extremists.
19 Mar 2011

No One Could Have Predicted Any of This in January

of force against a country that was elected to its own Human Rights Commission, that Barack Obama would fire missiles at an Arab country when less ...

30 Nov 2004

Weirder Than Libya

their holidays working free for those who seized the country’s commercial farms ...

5 May 2011

An American in the Paris of the Middle East

Square to demand the removal of the country’s Syrian overlords. The Syrians ...

20 Jun 2012

The Last Jews of Tunisia

Tunisia's cautious Jewish community reveals a possible undertone of concern over the country's future religious tolerance.
23 Oct 2006

Berri Crosses Lebanon’s Red Line

“moderate” ally, one of Bashar Assad’s point men in the country, said what he ...

1 Nov 2011

Arab Spring for Him, Arab Winter for Her

Arab Spring victories have slowly emerged in Libya and Tunisia. Just not for women.

9 Sep 2013

Chinese, Russian, and NATO Warships Maneuver Off Syria

A Chinese warship has joined Russian, French, Italian, and US naval vessels already patrolling the eastern Mediterranean. Could the presence of rival powers off Syria spark a larger conflict?
9 May 2013

The New Black Hole of the Eastern Mediterranean

Michael J. Totten's blog Until awfully recently, Lebanon was the country in the Eastern Mediterranean that acted as a gravitational black hole that sucked in the neighbors. The Israelis, the Syrians, the PLO, ...

24 Jan 2011

Lebanon Is Lost

that “Lebanon is an independent country,” but he’s too late. Lebanon isn’t Gaza ...

27 Jun 2006

Israeli Warplanes Say Hello to Assad

organization so lightly, and neither would any other country. France deports ...

17 Aug 2010

Israel Through Israeli Eyes

Michael J. Totten's blog Yoram Hazony wrote a fascinating essay about how many Europeans view Israel, and why so many of them find the country distasteful. A sovereign Jewish state that uses armed force ...

30 Jun 2010

Syria Must Be Contained, Not Engaged

decide Syria ought to be next. Most of the country’s leadership is from ...

7 Feb 2011

Egypt and the Way of Revolutions

Nothing in politics is certain. But history offers some guides to what we can expect from the Egyptian revolution
14 Dec 2003

Defending Saddam

of the rest of the Western countries. The French government stuck by his side ...

2 Oct 2008

Joe Biden’s Alternate Universe

of the government in the country immediately to the north of Israel.” [Emphasis ...

3 May 2007

Protesting Incompetence

founding fathers in the country’s political leadership. Almost every one of the statesmen who built this country out of stone and swamp and battle has passed ...

30 Mar 2010

An Unusual Alignment of Interests

Michael J. Totten's blog More than any other Arab head of state in the world, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has mastered the art of telling listeners what they want to hear. Last week, he said his country is fully ...

15 Dec 2006

Kerry: Syria has “needs”

about our differences with these countries … and nothing in the discussion ...

13 Dec 2012

Notes on the Syrian Revolution from Marrakech

to settle with the rest of the country. It won't be pretty. * Morocco ...

22 Mar 2011

Friends in High Places

Telegraph , worries that Islamic extremists in Britain will use the country ...

15 Mar 2011

Try Again in A Generation

and students. And a country’s “George Washington” is the sum of its social capital ...

25 Dec 2005

A Magnificent City

promise and more. It is not just “the Muslim country that works.” It’s ...

21 Oct 2011

Qaddafi: The Man with the Golden Gun is Gone

Some think the tyrant of Tripoli should have been treated more "humanely," but in the end he got exactly what he wanted.

27 Nov 2004

Out of Libya

Michael J. Totten's blog I made it. I’m out of Libya and have moved on to a much more dangerous country – France. Think I’m kidding? It’s statisically possible I’ll be mugged here. And I spent much ...

7 Mar 2011

Libya: The Next Great Betrayal?

in that country by murdering all of its Tutsi citizens—the first indisputable ...

22 Feb 2011

Make Libya a No-Fly Zone

will be consequential out of all proportion to the importance of his small country ...

11 Nov 2005

It’s Not All About the U.S.

of our country.” The Lebanese Christian community does not share his view. ...

28 Sep 2011

What Does Egypt Lack?

that Egyptians were familiar with the cinema before many European countries. Egypt ...

6 Dec 2004

They’ll Never Have Paris

admits that French anti-Americanism is “lodged in the heart of my country ...

10 Jan 2012

See No Evil: Egypt's Military Council Tries to Undo the Revolution

Egypt's military council and its agents in the media are fighting hard to discredit and intimidate critics of the crimes against demonstrators - and to get Egypt's citizens to not believe their eyes.
20 Aug 2003

Blaming America First

extremists. Come off it. Iraq is an overwhelmingly Muslim country. In the 21st ...

9 Sep 2010

Why Don't Egyptians Take Part in Elections?

understand a country only if we understand its people, and we cannot understand ...

1 Jan 2006

Former Syrian Vice President Fingers Assad

that country has. Middle East Europe and Central Asia Lebanon France Syria UAE ...