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

Egypt's Spring Has Turned to Dark Winter - The Australian

The “Day of Rage” on January 28, 2011 set in train the epic events that led to the collapse of the 30-year Mubarak dictatorship. Ideally, it was supposed to usher in an...

Delaying Egypt's Hopes - New York Times

The Egyptian court that threw out the murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak may have closed the final chapter on the Arab Spring. After the country’s brief, f...

Egypt Will See Brighter Days - The National

Whatever verdict was passed down in Cairo on Saturday, there would have been disappointment in some quarters. Had the court agreed that the former president Hosni Mubarak was corre...

ISIS Claims Cairo Attack - Rachael Levy, Vocativ

At least four protesters were killed and scores of others injured during the “Muslim Youth Uprising” protests organized by the Salafi front on Friday. The aim of the pr...

Iran's Nuclear Pursuits Will Draw Copycats - John Bolton, Wash Times

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....

Mubarak's Release Closes a Revolutionary Cycle - Max Fisher, Vox

Mubarak's release is unsurprising, but hugely important symbolically....

ISIS Encroaching on North Africa - Guy Taylor, Washington Times

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egy...

Counting Benghazi Blessings - Gail Collins, New York Times

You can imagine the excitement when this report was unveiled. Or, actually, quietly posted on the committee’s website. On Friday evening. On the eve of a holiday week. The In...

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Tunisia Moves Past the Arab Spring - Keri Phillips, ABC Australia

After the elections, the new Tunisian constitution became bogged down in ideological divisions between Islamists and secularists. In 2013, however, the assassination of two promine...

Can Russia Take on the World? - Ana Maria Luca, NOW Lebanon

Russia’s foreign policy of “no” cannot be sustained by its crumbling economy....

5 Mistaken U.S. Assumptions on Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, IC

Considered from this perspective, the “Iraqi government” actually governs, the “Iraqi army” is a nationally representative fighting force, and the “Ir...

Renewing Congress' Role in Foreign Policy - W. Mead, American Interest

If there is one thing that has become clear since the end of the Cold War, it is that the United States needs to raise its game in foreign policy. The United States Congress has to...

Bahrain's Moral Clarity on Palestinian Attacks - E. Gordon, Commentary

The most surprising response to yesterday’s deadly attack on worshippers at a Jerusalem synagogue came from the Bahraini foreign minister. “It is forbidden to react to ...

Thinking About post-ISIS Geopolitics - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

IS has already put into place certain aspects of a normal state. A recent New York Times article noted that it not only has a flag, it has also created courts (a religious judicial...

Iran Hardly Needs Nukes to Be a Threat - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

In just under a week, the Iranians and the Americans say, they will present an answer to Iran’s nuclear programme. In reality, they are only likely to raise more questions....

Tunisia's Unfinished Revolution - Jahd Khalil, Foreign Policy In Focus

Religious tensions, remnants of the police state, and a broken-down neoliberal economic model imperil Tunisia’s otherwise impressive democratic transition....

A United GCC Benefits Everyone - The National

Syria will also benefit from a united GCC after the current crisis is eventually replaced by peace. While there is no imminent prospect of this, when calm does return the GCC is th...

Could the Next Crisis Be in Oman? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Oman is also strategically important. For all Western policymakers fret about Iranian activities in the Strait of Hormuz, they often forget that Oman occupies one side of the impor...

Obama too Desperate for Iran Nuke Deal - John Bolton, New York Post

The levels of diplomatic activity, fear and even desperation regarding Iran’s steadily advancing nuclear-weapons program are rising rapidly in the White House....

The Plight of Gays in Egypt - Rachel Avraham, Foreign Policy Blogs Network

Eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in prison plus three years on probation for allegedly attending Egypt’s first same-sex wedding. The harsh sentence was condon...

The Declining Relevance of Despots - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Karl Marx had a phrase for the kind of tyranny that has existed in parts of the developing world in our era: "oriental despotism." In an article in an 1853 edition of The New York ...

Getting Libya's Warring Parties to the Table - Omar Shabbi, Al-Monitor

Is Algeria's dialogue initiative for Libya still viable?...

Will the U.S. Swap Riyadh for Tehran? - Crispian Cuss, Al Jazeera

There are key strategic forces, including demographics and energy supplies, that are pulling the US and Iran closer together. While this may seem farfetched given the current state...

Egypt Is Misdiagnosing Its Sinai Problem - Sharif Nashashibi, The National

Look back through years of reports on the Gaza blockade, and one finds countless statements from Egyptian officials about the need to stem the flow of weapons and militants from th...

In Egypt, Business as Usual - New York Times

The Obama administration’s Egypt policy — to the extent that one can be discerned — has been characterized by a combination of mixed messages, wishful thinking an...

Libya's House of Representatives Declared Illegal - Mohamed Eljarh, FP

Today, Libya's Supreme Court has declared the country's internationally recognized and democratically elected House of Representatives illegal and unconstitutional. Boycotting Isla...

The US Failed to Free Libya - Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe

Just three years have passed since an American-led bombing campaign destroyed the regime of Moammar Khadafy in Libya. At first that operation felt like a victory for peace and free...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

Shattering Myths About the Arab World - Jack Shaheen, The National

Vibrant film offerings are providing audiences with a better understanding of the Arab world and are also helping to shatter Hollywood’s stereotypical Arab images....

Yemeni Factions Will Form Government - Al Jazeera

Political blocs, including Houthis, sign deal authorising president and PM-designate to form government of technocrats....

Tunisia's Victory - New York Times

The Muslim world has a lot to learn from Tunisia. Even before the official results of the country’s parliamentary elections were revealed this week, Rachid Ghannouchi, the le...

Why Is Tunisia Succeeding, and Not Egypt? - Fareed Zakaria, WaPo

More than 20 years ago, the scholar Samuel Huntington established his “two-turnover test” for fledgling democracies. A country can be said to be a consolidated democracy, he ar...

Egypt Levels Homes for Buffer Zone - Kareem Fahim & Merna Thomas, NYT

The demolitions, cutting through crowded neighborhoods in the border town of Rafah, began with orders to evacuate Tuesday and were part of a sweeping security response by the gover...

Saudis' Quest for Hollywood Movies - Rym Ghazal, The National

There is an old Arabic saying that goes, “Al Mamnou Marghoub”, or the forbidden is desired. Nothing illustrates this better than when­ever my friends and relatives come over f...

Tunisia's Carthaginian Summer - Austin Bay, Creators Syndicate

Tunisia continues to demonstrate that Arab Spring 2011's revolts can indeed seed democratic change....

Now Tunisia Needs an Economic Revolution - Bloomberg

Tunisia, the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring, has since then conducted two free and fair elections. More impressively, this week, Ennahda, the Islamist party that won three year...

North Africa Warily Eyes Falling Oil Prices - Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

The bears that barged into the oil market and knocked crude prices down one-quarter from their summertime highs appear to be hunkering down for a lengthy stay. Big investment banks...

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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UN resolution: Israel must renounce

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Jordan hopes for December vote on a

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Lebanon detains wife of Islamic Sta

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French parliament votes for recogni

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