Libya Fight Reaches Tripoli

After months of fits and starts, it appears anti-Gaddafi forces are on the verge of victory.

Mubarak On Trial

Will the trial of Hosni Mubarak actually change anything?

Arab Spring Update

A summary of the status of the “Arab Spring” uprisings with links to news coverage and commentary.

President Obama Wades Back Into The Middle East Quicksand

Once again, an American President thinks he can bring peace to the Middle East.

Obama Libya Speech Post-Mortem

Ten days after sending American forces into kinetic military action in Libya, President Obama addressed the nation to explain “what we’ve done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.”

If Gaddafi Stays In Power, Then What’s The Point Of Intervention?

U.S. officials are making clear that the current mission in Libya may not lead to the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. If that’s the case, then why are we there in the first place?

Obama’s Road to War

Did President Obama pull off a diplomatic masterstroke? Or is he muddling through?

A Libyan No-Fly Zone Won’t Stop Gaddafi

Establishing a no-fly zone in Libya won’t stop the Civil War, and it’s likely to draw the United States further into a conflict that it needs to stay out of.

A New Constitution for Tunisia

An update on Tunisia.

Unfit For Liberty?

The uprisings in the Arab world have led some to suggest that the Middle East isn’t “ready” to be free. They’re wrong.

Tear Gas in Tunis

What Should The U.S. Do About Libya? Most Americans Say Nothing

Calls are coming from both sides of the aisle for the U.S. to do “something” about the situation in Libya. It would be better if we didn’t get involved.

When Authoritarians Strike Back, Part II

Like in Bahrain, the Libyan authorities are not tolerating protests.

When Authoritarians Strike Back

The protests in Bahrain have taken a different path than those in Egypt.

Mubarak’s Last Act: Hiding Stolen Wealth

Knowing his downfall was imminent, the former Egyptian dictator moved vast wealth out of rich of Western governments.

An Intelligence Failure In The Middle East?

Some in Washington are claiming the intelligence community missed the warning signs of unrest in Tunisia and Egypt in what looks like little more than an effort to create scapegoats if things go wrong.

Hosni Mubarak Pleases Nobody, And Probably Fans The Flames Of Protest

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s speech to the nation tonight seems destined to make the situation worse.

Egypt and the Limits of US Power

The US has limited influence over events in Egypt–something that recent history should underscore (although not everyone appears to understand this fact).

Supporting Democratic Aspirations of All People

The Obama administration’s slow and cautious response to Egypt’s protest was frustrating. And correct.

Escalation in Egypt

The situatution in Egypt continues to escalate as the state strikes back at the prostests.

Anti-Government Protests Rock Egypt

Anti-government protests raged in Egypt for a second day, and nobody seems to know where they’re headed.

OTB Foreign Desk

Brief takes on foreign affairs

Did Wikileaks Help Bring Down A Corrupt Arab Leader?

Information made public by Wikileaks appears to have played a role in sparking the protest movement that has brought down the President of Tunisia.