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In Depth: Middle East, Africa and Lebanon

3 Jan 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

The number of genuinely liberal democracies to emerge soon in the Arab world is likely to be one or zero.
30 Dec 2012

Strange Bedfellows: China’s Middle Eastern Inroads

Who landed the billion-dollar bid for Algeria’s Grand Mosque project? An Algerian firm? A regional firm? No, a state-owned Chinese company. The deal is just one of China’s controversial Mideast ties.
14 May 2013

Farce: Iran Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Group

Iran, the world's premier proliferator and terror sponsor, will soon preside over the UN’s Conference on Disarmament — a move that further stretches the UN's credibility. Canada and the US protest.
18 Mar 2012

The Great Ideological Battleground, Redux

I've seen so far, my initial analysis seems sound. This country is more ...

1 Feb 2012

Arab Spring or Islamist Winter?

these countries have in common with each other is that they’re in turmoil ...

30 Jun 2013

Lebanon's Israel Syndrome

Lebanon is in important ways the least anti-Israel country in the Arab ...

6 Jun 2012

Lebanon Fights Itself (Again)

fighting between sectarian militias in a country like Lebanon transition from ...

10 Apr 2012

The Lost City

and Iran were back in the saddle. They don’t govern the country directly, ...

3 Jul 2013

Armed Forces Control Egypt

hooligans, and gang rapists. In other countries, such as Lebanon, Tunisia, ...

10 Dec 2006

Deal or no deal?

for Damascus could very well be Damascus being told to quit using the country ...

14 May 2013

Why the Syrian War Could Last Ten Years

most of inland Syria — the flat, dry country where the Sunni dominate. ...

24 Oct 2011

Tunisia Votes

Michael J. Totten's blog Tunisia, the first Arab country both I and the “Arab Spring” visited, successfully held what looks like a free and fair election. This doesn’t surprise me. The Islamist party has reportedly done ...

17 May 2013

Legacy of Qaddafi's 'Organized Chaos' Keeps Libya Back

Democracy in the Middle East is struggling against the legacy of two generations of dictatorship and a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that restricts political freedoms and rights. The West should be patient.
14 May 2013

Farce: Iran Assumes Presidency of UN Disarmament Group

Iran, the world's premier proliferator and terror sponsor, will soon preside over the UN’s Conference on Disarmament — a move that further stretches the UN's credibility. Canada and the US protest.
3 Apr 2011

The Remaining Thugs

demonstrations than any Arab country by far, and has been producing them since ...

27 Jan 2011

The Gathering Storm

Michael Zantovsky's blog As of last week, the Middle East is in turmoil. The old regime in Tunisia is gone; a new one has not quite taken its place. The game is up in Sudan, which will soon divide into two countries ...

13 Dec 2012

Notes on the Syrian Revolution from Marrakech

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

30 May 2006

Leave Beirut Out of It

and loathe them. Lebanon is not yet a sovereign country. The Beirut government ...

4 Oct 2005

Hitchhiking the Chouf

of the country – was further down the road. “Time to hitchhike,” Dan said. We stuck ...

12 Apr 2004

Tripoli and Fallujah

I’ve never been to a country run by a lunatic. Neither has Shelly. ...

9 Dec 2005

Arrival in Egypt

defined sharply in the night as though the country were rendered ...