| Jul 9, 2012
| 1:16 PM
In choosing a slate of pro-Western moderates to form a new national assembly, voters in Libya'sfirst elections since the ouster of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi last year have shown that the rise of democracy in the Arab world doesn't automatically lead...
| Feb 12, 2012
Signs of movement toward renewed cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have Israeli officials on edge. Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization committed to its destruction and has shunned negotiations. In the wake of...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 9:59 AM
Egyptians are expected to learn the results of their first-ever democratic presidential contest Thursday, but what should have been a watershed moment in that nation has instead turned into a sour reminder of how difficult it will be to overcome an...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 12:00 PM
The Sun editorial "Mr. Abbas' mission" (Feb. 13) is a triumph of wishful thinking over analysis. Its self-contradictions and omissions include:
•Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas "would have to exercise the kind of statesmanship that has...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 11:06 AM
A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. The revolution in Tunisia, I wrote, "arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 4:40 PM
Once students hurled computers out the windows at Calverton Middle School, but today they are learning on state-of-the-art technology that has flooded into the West Baltimore school. Once teachers couldn't wait to transfer out of a place where students...
| Feb 19, 2012
| 9:08 AM
Stroll with Lynn Abercrombie through her clapboard house on the West River and check out the alabaster mask from Yemen, the head-to-toe woman's cloak from Afghanistan, the smoking implements from Egypt and the shrunken head from Ecuador. You'll see...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 6:00 AM
President Obama appears ready this week to reinstate $1.5 billion in military aid to Egypt. The International Monetary Fund, with a nod from the U.S., is negotiating a $3.2 billion loan to bail out its broke rulers. Why?
The military remains in control,...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 12:05 PM
Green Square in Tripoli. Tahrir Square in Cairo. The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Washington's National Mall. We humans know, deep inside, that public places — squares and greens and plazas that are open to all — are more than just...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 11:40 AM
This week, the Palestinians will petition the U.N. Security Council for admission as a full member state. Admitting Palestine would be a nightmare for Israel and a serious problem for the United States. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama made the wrong...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 2:03 PM
The killing of two dozen unarmed Coptic Christians — and the wounding of hundreds of others — by Egyptian security forces and Muslim extremists in Cairo this week has thrown a dark shadow over the country's prospects for a peaceful...
| May 19, 2011
| 3:02 PM
The most surprising aspect of President Barack Obama's speech Thursday on U.S. policy in the Middle East may have been his strongly worded call for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on Israel's boundaries before 1967....