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

What Egypt Needs Now - Bloomberg View

Egypt's top court has forced a delay in elections for parliament -- a governing body the country has been going without for almost three years. Sadly, that tells the story of what'...

Why a Nuclear Deal with Iran Is so Important - Kingston Reif, TNI

Preventing the acquisition of nuclear weapons by additional states and terrorist groups is one of America’s top national-security priorities. The outcome of the ongoing negot...

Saudis Look to Egypt to Counter ISIS, Iran - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Egypt might normally prefer to look almost exclusively westward, where the chaos in Libya both poses an explicit threat to its own security (radicals and weapons moving across the ...

The Wonderful World of Egyptian Vintage Vinyl - N. Khafagy, Mada Masr

CAIRO — Antique dealers, second-hand markets, auction showrooms, music lovers and historians are the cornerstones of the wondrous world of vintage vinyl records in Egypt, jus...

Libya Needs Diplomacy, Not Bombs - The Guardian

  If the globe can be divided, as some analysts say, between the world of order and the world of disorder, then Libya certainly stands as a daunting example of the latter. The wor...

Could This Man Stabilize Libya? - The National

Although a controversial figure, Gen Haftar has gained some additional legitimacy this week. Libya’s internationally recognised parliament – based in the eastern city o...

The Farce of Houthi Rule - The National

Indeed, one of the most darkly amusing elements of this crisis has been the way the Houthis have sought to use the language of the law after their brutal takeover. They have claime...

Yemen Disintegrates - Japan Times

The roots of the Houthi unrest go back to 1962, when Egypt’s President Gamal Nasser invaded Yemen and with the support of Yemeni republic army officers overthrew the Imamate ...

Did Egypt Take ISIS's Bait? - Steve Negus, Slate

n Monday, Egypt carried out its first large-scale military operation in years, targeting an ISIS training camp in eastern Libya to avenge the group’s murder of 21 Egyptian Ch...

Egypt's Crisis Across the Border - New York Times

Egyptian armed forces on Monday carried out a predawn airstrike in Libya in response to the beheading of as many as 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State, the extremis...

Words Won't Stop Yemen's Houthis - The National

The Arab League has been denouncing the “coup” in Yemen ever since the government in Sanaa was pushed aside. What it has not done – and what it did not do on Wedn...

A Succession Crisis Looms in Algeria - A. Layachi, World Politics Review

In its more than 50 years of independence since the end of French colonialism, Algeria has seen a failed experiment with socialist economic development, taken stabs at halfhearted ...

Saudi-Iran Competition, Houthi Ascendance in Yemen - Chatham House

Interviews with people who have been granted rare access to the Houthis’ inner circle of leaders (including its so-called ‘executive committee’, a council that ov...

Mysterious MERS Virus Is Back - Helen Branswell, Scientific American

Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndr...

Libya Demands Swift Action - Independent

The beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts has refocus the West's attention on the anarchy taking place in the North African nation....

ISIS Turns Its Eyes Toward Libya - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

For almost all of its existence, the Islamic State has focused on a spectacular yet singular goal: The creation of a new Islamic caliphate centered around Syria and Iraq. ...

The Great Unraveling of Libya - Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker

In a failing state, an anti-Islamist general mounts a divisive campaign....

Libya Needs the World's Help Against ISIS - The National

For all the slickness of the videos produced by ISIL militants, the strategy behind their public relations has often been foolish. Even from the warped perspective of the group, it...

Libya's Extremist Capital - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

The Egyptian military conducted a series of airstrikes Monday on the Libyan coastal city of Darna, where jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State hold sway. The attacks were in ...

Italy Fears an ISIS Invasion - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis....

ISIS Barbarism on Mediterranean Shores - The Scotsman

This latest atrocity brings Islamic State to the southern shores of the Mediterranean, close enough to Italy to make it a real threat. Just in case that was not obvious enough, IS ...

Egypt Fights ISIS, Obama Ignores Egypt - Andrew McCarthy, PJ Media

How does Egypt differ from Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Two ways: (1) It was not invited to join President Obama’s ballyhooed “coalition” of Arab Muslim states fightin...

Obama's Five Mideast Blunders - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

By 2011, the U.S. had cut way back its dependence on Middle Eastern gas and oil imports, which in turn gave American diplomats a measure of immunity from petro-blackmail, and the...

Egypt Unites Against ISIS - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

The Libyan branch of ISIS massacred 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend. A knife-wielding executioner frog-marched the bound and blind-folded captives to a beach in front of a...

Libya Could Become the Mediterranean's Somalia - I. Black, The Guardian

Government advisor warns violent chaos in Libya will spread across Europe and Britain if left unchecked....

Italy Fears ISIS Invasion from Libya - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Last weekend in Italy, as the threat of ISIS in Libya hit home with a new video addressed to “the nation signed with the blood of the cross” and the warning, “w...

The Islamic State's Appeal in Libya - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

The expansion of Islamic State’s franchise into parts of Libya is horrifying, as the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic laborers shows. It’s also frightening for a differ...

A Fight to the Death with Theocrats - Prince Salman of Bahrain, Telegraph

The weekend’s attacks in Copenhagen are a further reminder that if we’re meaningfully to address this spiralling global threat, we need to widen our understanding and de...

Shaming the Barbarous Saudi Government - Washington Times

Mr. Badawi received the first 50 lashes, beaten to a pulp and within an inch of his life. The government suspended further beating, not as an act of Islamic mercy, but lest he die ...

Can Yemen Be Saved? - Barak Barfi, Project Syndicate

Yemen is mired in crises that it cannot solve alone. Unless its international allies throw it a lifeline, it risks being swallowed by a sea of disorder that could imperil the entir...

The Kremlin's Middle East Charm Offensive - Alan Philps, The National

For a man whose country is under crippling western sanctions, Vladimir Putin has been doing a lot of travelling. He has visited India, Turkey and, at the beginning of this week, Eg...

What Does Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Do Now? - Arwa Ibrahim, ME Eye

In an interview in Turkey, Hamed tells MEE that a new generation of revolutionaries is changing the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt....

Bahrain, a Middle Eastern Island of Stability - S. Rob Sobhani, Wash Times

At a time when America needs stable and reliable allies to counter the myriad threats emanating from the Middle East, we are very lucky to have a friend in King Hamad, whose stewar...

The Oil Price Is a Slippery Strategic Weapon - Lee Lane, RealClearWorld

To some observers, the U.S. LTO boom also represents a new weapon of economic warfare. Adherents of this view correctly note that at present, Iran and Russia are U.S. foes. Increas...

Egypt's Jon Stewart Comes to America - Dean Obeidallah, Daily Beast

Comedy scares some people. Typically, as I have personally witnessed, it’s usually people in positions of power, or bigots. Neither wants to be laughed at out of fear it wi...

The Battle for Libya's Oil - Frederic Wehrey, The Atlantic

The first artillery rounds landed just as the setting sun threw shadows on this barren stretch of coast. Atop an earthen observation berm, a young fighter in an oversize flak ves...

The Houthis Now Run Yemen - Joshua Keating, Slate

The apparent coup in Yemen last month, when President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned after Houthi rebels occupied his palace, is now official. The Houthis announced today that the...

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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British citizen fighting with Kurds

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A boat transporting migrants has capsized off Sicily, killing at least 10 people, while scores were ...

AP Analysis: Speech fallout could d

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two we...