Middle East Revolution

Regime Change and Upheaval in the Arab World

America Is Stuck With the Mideast

Walter Russell Mead, Wall St. Journal

Libya: Short War, Long Shadow (PDF)

Royal United Services Institute

Why Democracy Is Still Winning

Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

Michael Oren, Wall St. Journal

Global oil markets and global commerce mean that American presidents will simply not be able to set this region off to the side....(full article)

Qatar is more and more assuming the role vacated by Egypt in trying to settle local and international disputes....(full article)

In spring 2011, Western military operations, backed by the Arab League, began against the regime of Muammar Qadhafi. Libyan rebels, after being penned in by the regime, began to ta...(full article)

The authoritarian urge to cross-dress in democratic clothes is an implied compliment to the democratic nations. That matters, because western democracies are going through a cris...(full article)

Just as Jews were once expelled from Arab lands, Christians are now being forced from countries they have long inhabited....(full article)


Most Recent Articles

The Rise of the Islamic State in Yemen - Salisbury & Mohsen, Vice News

The IS attacks appear designed to create discord between Yemen's Sunnis and Shias, according to Katherine Zimmerman, an al Qaeda analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Ins...

Russia's Nuclear Power Play in the Middle East - Melissa Hersh, TNI

Russia is making moves in the Middle East nuclear-energy game. It could be time for the United States to get involved, too....

The Real Reason Saudis, Israelis and Neocons Hate Deal - F Kaplan, Slate

Here’s the thing to keep in mind about most critics of the Iran nuclear deal that was signed Tuesday morning: Their objections have nothing to do with the details of the deal...

Saudi Prince: This Is Worse than the North Korea Deal - A. Taylor, WaPo

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States between 1981 and 2005, has written a damning column in which he compares the Iran nuclear deal to the failed nuc...

A Cautious Hope in Yemen - The National

Yesterday brought another sombre reminder of the sacrifices members of this country’s armed forces continue to make in the effort to secure stability in the region. First Lie...

Saudi Arabia Loses a Voice of Reason - Bruce Riedel, Daily Beast

The kingdom has lost its steadiest diplomat—and its most clever problem-solver....

Egypt Is Caught in a Deadly Stalemate - Omar Ashour, Al Jazeera

"The hands of justice is chained by laws," said Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the funeral of his prosecutor-general, Hisham Barakat. "Courts are not suitable for this moment …...

Want to Fight Terror? Take a Holiday in Tunisia - J. Marozzi, Spectator

The worst possible response to these horrible killings would be to abandon the country to the Islamists....

Egypt and Israel Must Exercise Common Caution - Haaretz

Despite the Egyptian army’s assertion that the situation in northern Sinai “is 100 percent under control,” Wednesday’s deadly series of terror attacks &ndas...

Egypt Proudly Posts Photos of ISIS Corpses - Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast

The army’s escalating military and media campaign to wipe out the terror group took a gruesome step Wednesday with two posts featuring dozens of contorted bodies clutching ma...

Hamas & Egypt: United Against ISIS - Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor

Relations between Hamas and Egypt, strained since the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, appear to be improving with Saudi mediation....

Britain's Agony and Anger Over Tunisia Massacre - Nico Hines, DB

Thirty or more of the victims slaughtered by a jihadist on the beach at Sousse were British citizens. As counter-terror measures are stepped up, the mourning has just begun....

Arab Spring's Success Story Under Attack - Colin Freeman, The Telegraph

The fact that there are still tourists to attack in Tunisia tells its own story. Ever since it became the birth place of the Arab Spring in 2011, the tiny north African nation has ...

Terror Attacks Across 3 Continents Kill Dozens - Ben Hubbard, NYT

Terrorists attacked sites in France, Tunisia and Kuwait on Friday, leaving a bloody toll on three continents and prompting new concerns about the spreading influence of jihadists....

A Saudi-Russia Energy Partnership? - Gaurav Agnihotri, Oil Price

What happens when two nations, that together account for more than fourth quarter of global oil production, begin collaborating on future energy projects?   Russian President ...

Why the Saudis Are Going Solar - Jeffrey Ball, The Atlantic

Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud belongs to the family that rules Saudi Arabia. He wears a white thawb and ghutra, the traditional robe and headdress ...

Egypt Goes Back to the Bad Old Days - David Schenker, American Interest

Terrorism is taking root along the banks of the Nile, threatening to plunge Egypt into another lost decade....

How Working Women Are Transforming Saudi Arabia - Der Spiegel

Every time Hanin Alamri sells a pair of shoes, it amounts to a revolution. Stilettos, platform heels, gold peep-toes -- all lined up on white shelves on the second floor of the Red...

The Saudis Go Solar - Jeffrey Ball, The Atlantic

The fact that Saudi Arabia, an ardent booster of fossil fuels, has found compelling economic reasons to bet on solar is one of the clearest signs yet that solar, at least in some c...

A Step Toward Conflict in Bahrain? - Jane Kinninmont, Chatham House

US President Barack Obama recently suggested in an interview that the Gulf countries have more to fear from internal political dynamics than from Iran. Yet the response of the US a...

Can Obama Even Decide Who Our Allies Are? - Dana Rohrabacher, WSJ

If the president must lead from behind, could he at least get behind someone who wants to win the war against Islamic extremism?...

Saudi War Struggles on Three Fronts - Madawi Al-Rasheed, Al-Monitor

The two contenders to the Saudi throne need signs of impending victory in their battles against the Houthis to secure their legitimacy to lead....

Clinton's Unofficial Sources Sent Bad Info on Libya - J Rogin, Bloom-View

Only days before Muammar Qaddafi was killed in Libya, Hillary Clinton’s confidante Sidney Blumenthal wrote her a personal e-mail passing on erroneous intelligence that the Li...

The Oil Rally Might Be Over - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

The oil markets could be about to enter another round of soft prices....

U.S. Freezes Aid to Yemen - Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

The decision has dismayed some US-funded aid organizations. They say their assistance to the Arab world's poorest country is needed now more than ever as the Saudi-led bombing camp...

Why Yemen Talks Will Likely Go Nowhere - Bruce Riedel, Brookings

This weekend, the Houthis captured the provincial capital of Al Hazm in Al Jawaf province. They already controlled much of the province, but Al Hazm's capture consolidates their co...

Yes, the Saudis Can Build the Bomb - Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

While I don’t think it is terribly likely that Saudi Arabia will choose to build nuclear weapons, I think it is deeply misguided to conclude that Saudi Arabia (or pretty much...

Did the Saudis Play a Role in 9/11? - Max Fisher, Vox

The findings, though frustratingly inconclusive, are in line with what many analysts and journalists have long suspected: that, while the Saudi government was probably not involved...

What's Ahead for Saudi Arabia? - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Saudi's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has made a number of crucial changes during his first months in power, from taking military and policy risks to a reshuffling of parliame...

Sunni Spiritual Leader: "At War With ISIS" - Francesca Paci, La Stampa

FLORENCE - Ahmed el-Tayeb is the Grand Imam of Cairo's Al Azhar University, which is sometimes called the Vatican of the Sunni World. He is considered by many to be the highest aut...

Libya's War Is a Greater Threat than ISIS - The National

Libya’s fractious factions have yet again rejected a proposal to end the conflict. After months of talks between the rival groups, the UN envoy Bernardino Leon on Monday pres...

The Dark Side of Tunisia's Success Story - Maha Yahya, RealClearWorld

Tunisia may be the exemplar for democratic transition in the Arab world, but it has also seen 3,000 of its citizens drawn as recruits to extremist groups. This apparent enigma emer...

Clemency for a Saudi Blogger - New York Times

The decision on Sunday by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court to uphold a cruel sentence imposed on the blogger Raif Badawi last May by the criminal court in Jeddah is tantamount to...

Moroccan PM Wants to Ban Jennifer Lopez - Asawin Suebsaeng, DB

Did J. Lo’s ass just set off an international incident? Perhaps not. But the American singer’s in-concert sexual charisma has landed her in legal hot water with the pr...

The New Saudi Nationalism - Theodore Karasik, The National

Though the idea of nationalism is not new, it has become especially important now. The King and his proclaimed successors – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown P...

Tunisia Confronts Its Past - New York Times

As part of its remarkable journey toward democracy, Tunisia has embarked on a painful reckoning with its past. Since last year, its Truth and Dignity Commission, created by constit...

Tourism Crash Leaves Sinai Devastated - Bethan Staton, New Statesman

Tourists, central to the livelihood of tribesmen in the Sinai desert, have stopped travelling to the area due to unrest and terror....

ISIS Gains a Base in Libya - Morajea & Cunningham, WaPo

MISURATA, Libya — As the Islamic State scores new victories in Syria and Iraq, its affiliate in Libya is also on the offensive, consolidating control of Moammar Gaddafi&rsquo...

Absent Empire, Chaos Reigns in the Middle East - Robert D. Kaplan, FP

Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today....

Why the Saudis Can't Win in Yemen - Bruce Riedel, Al Monitor

Saudi Arabia is seen as having jumped into the war in Yemen without having thought out the consequences for itself, the United States and the struggle against the Islamic State....

Political Executions in Sisi's Egypt - Laura Dean, Global Post

Next Tuesday, a lawyer will plead for a Cairo court to suspend the execution of six men, arguing that their death sentences were unconstitutional. The only trouble is, the defendan...

The Islamic State Just Hit Saudi Arabia - Economist

Saudi Arabia has seemed more or less sheltered from the wars and sectarian bloodletting that have raged all around it in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. No longer....

Israel Still Mulling Iran Strike

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to visit Capitol Hill Tuesday after sitting down with President Obama Monday to talk about Iran.Monday's discussion was important for ...

Syria Slams UN Draft Resolution

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UN Approves Air Strikes in Libya

A pro-Qaddafi crowd stormed a news conference given by Libya's deputy foreign minister at a hotel in Tripoli early Friday. The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to aut...

Gaddafi Planes Bomb Rebel City

Libyan students attend a pro-Gadhafi rally organized in the parking lot of the Rixos hotel where the foreign press is staying in Tripoli, Libya, Monday March 14, 2011. Teachers ...

Middle East Upheaval Timeline

 First day of major anti-government action:

  • Tunisia: December 18, 2010
  • Algeria: December 28, 2010
  • Saudi Arabia: January 21
  • Egypt: January 25
  • Yemen: January 27
  • Morocco: January 30
  • Bahrain: February 14
  • Libya: February 15
Rank Country


(full country profile)
  • Average Life Satisfaction: 5.2/10
  • Population: 10.5 million
  • Political System: Republic
  • 83.8% of people feel personal safety*
  • 14.8% of people find others trustworthy*

Saudi Arabia

(full country profile)
  • Average Life Satisfaction: 6.1/10
  • Population: 26.1 million
  • Political System: Monarchy
  • 78.2% of people feel personal safety*
  • 37.1% of people find others trustworthy*


(full country profile)
  • Average Life Satisfaction: 4.7/10
  • Population: 32 million
  • Political System: Constitutional Monarchy
  • 75.1% of people feel personal safety*
  • 58.5% of people find others trustworthy*


(full country profile)
  • Average Life Satisfaction: 5.6/10
  • Population: 35.5 million
  • Political System: Republic
  • 39% of people feel personal safety*
  • 15.8% of people find others trustworthy*


(full country profile)
  • Average Life Satisfaction: 5.1/10
  • Population: 78.2 million
  • Political System: Republic
  • 72.7% of people feel personal safety*
  • 18.2% of people find others trustworthy*


(full country profile)
  • Average Life Satisfaction: 4.8/10
  • Population: 24.4 million
  • Political System: Republic
  • 65.6% of people feel personal safety*
  • 26.9% of people find others trustworthy*

Middle East from the Compass Blog

Seeing the Mideast Through a Cold W

While I took issue with Andrew Sullivan's idea that Vladimir Putin now "owned" the mess in Syria, ...

John Kerry's Priorities

According to Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, Secretary Kerry has spent "years" trying to nudge the Israel...

Saudi Arabia Expelling Handsome Men

Saudi Arabia engages in all manner of dubious practices: restricting a woman's ability to drive, c...

How the Israelis and Palestinians V

As President Obama stumps for a resumption of the peace process, Gallup has published some polling...

Kerry's Magic Words Will Keep Arms

Secretary of State John Kerry has a plan to stop Gulf state weapons from ending up in jihadist's h...

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