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

From Yemen to Iraq, Iran Is on the Rise - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

To understand how the hurried evacuation of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen is connected to Iran's regional strategy, look no further than Atheel al-Nujaifi, the Sunni go...

All Options on the Table in Yemen - The National

Predicting the intent and actions of the Houthi fighters is a dangerous and usually futile game. Since the Houthis’ emergence from their stronghold in north-west Yemen, they ...

Russia Keeps Close Watch on Yemen - Maxim Suchkov, Al Monitor

Russia is not likely to get too involved in the Yemen crisis, preferring instead to monitor developments from afar and choose its allies carefully....

The Decline of Egyptian Cotton - Walaa Hussein, Al-Monitor

CAIRO — “There is a global conspiracy behind its disappearance.” This is a common justification reiterated by Egyptian industrialists and officials to explain the...

Yemen and the Future of Terror - Max Boot, Commentary

Far from decimated, Al Qaeda is, in combination with the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, chasing the US out of Yemen, which, far from being a shining example of US counter-terrorism...

Meeting Yemen's Houthis - Safa AlAhmad, BBC

Last September, thousands of fighters from northern Yemen seized control of the country's capital, Sanaa. The government was weak, its army fractured, and the rebels - called the H...

Yemen on the Edge - Elias Groll, Foreign Policy

Sunni attacks on Iraqi Shiites sent the country spiraling into civil war. Will the new bombings in Yemen send it down the same bloody path?...

Tunisia Should Stay Committed to Freedom - Boston Globe

TUNISIANS DESERVE justice after the killing of 23 people by Islamic extremists at a museum in that nation’s capital, Tunis. The Tunisian government might be tempted to clamp ...

Iran Could Make a Fine Ally - Ameer Ali, The Australian

SHI'ITES are a bete noire to the Sunni ulema (religious scholars) and Sunnis are the same for Shia imams. This antipathy between the sects is more than a millennium old but remaine...

Bloodshed in Tunisia - New York Times

With their massacre of at least 20 people from five countries at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, the gunmen who carried out the rampage on Wednesday struck at Tunisia’s e...

ISIS Claims Tunis Attack - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

The group is expanding its terror operations across North Africa. Will Europe be next?...

Terrorism & Tourism: Two Faces of Tunisia - Mark Almond, Telegraph

Wednesday’s savage onslaught on tourists in Tunis has cast a terrible shadow over the birthplace of the “Arab Spring”. The once high hopes for democracy may have ...

Yemen: A Country on Brink of Falling Apart - Safa AlAhmad, BBC

Last September, thousands of fighters from northern Yemen seized control of the country's capital, Sanaa. The government was weak, its army fractured, and the rebels - called the H...

A New Cairo Sure, but a New Egypt? - The National

For a city as old as Cairo, Egypt’s capital has certainly been reinvented many times. The first attempt in the modern era was Masr El Gedida (“New Cairo” in Egypt...

Egypt Can Build on Its Newfound Stability - The National

The Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh is used to catering to holiday-makers and honeymooning couples. This weekend, it will be filled with hundreds of investors, policy wo...

Sweden Took a Big Civil Rights Stand against Riyadh - I. Tharoor, WaPo

The Swedish government this week decided to scrap an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, effectively bringing to an end a decade-old defense agreement with the kingdom. The move followed ...

Egypt's Economic Transformation - Mohamed El-Erian, Bloomberg

With bad news generating many of the headlines from the Middle East, it has been easy to miss the ongoing transformation of the Egyptian economy....

Israel Must Abandon One-State Option to Survive - Amos Oz, LA Times

Let's start with a matter of life and death. If there are not two states, there will be one. If there is one, it will be Arab. If Arab it is, there is no telling the fate of our ch...

Winds of War in a Weary Gaza - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

GAZA — IT is winter in Gaza, in every wretched sense of the word. Six months after the latest war, the world has moved on, but tens of thousands remain homeless — sometimes cra...

America Embraces the 'Death to America' Set - Benny Avni, New York Post

The commander of Iran’s terrorist al-Quds force, Qasem Soleimani, was leading the charge Tuesday as Iraqi forces attacked ISIS in Tikrit with de facto US support. In other wo...

Tunisia's Search for a New Beginning - The National

The promise of the Arab Spring has not been fulfilled in most of the countries that became caught up in the revolutionary fervour of 2011. But Tunisia, where it all began, was – ...

A Perfect Storm of Peril in Yemen - Paul-Anton Kruger, Sueddeutsche

Shia militiamen, Sunni clans, al-Qaida, Iran and Saudi Arabia all have their hands in the rapidly shifting sands of the poorest state in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is everybody's...

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 ...

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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