A Middle East Without American Influence?That's the logical outcome of the Obama administration's current policies.
Walid Jumblatt Is No Weather VaneWill the leader of Lebanon's Druze really form an alliance with Hezbollah?
Beirut BlowbackThe presence of U.S. troops in Iraq emboldened the Lebanese opposition. Now Rafik Hariri is dead. What's our next move?
The Language GapWhy Middle Eastern linguists are hard to find, even though the government has been funding the field.
Obama the UnderminerBy addressing the "Muslim world" from Cairo, the president is helping Tehran.
The End of Pax Americana?We're seeing the Palestinianization of Sinai and the Lebanonization of Egypt.
It's an Arab Nationalist ThingOsama's Islamism and Saddam's Baathism are more alike than you think.
Iraq's Perpetual StruggleDoes Washington have the staying power to prove to Iraqis that they can get along?
The Strong, Loud Type Chris Christie is offering a blunt-talking tough-guy routine to win over voters.
The XX Factor
Duggar Revelations Are Just the Latest Sex Abuse Scandal to Rock Far-Right Fundamentalism
What Happened at Slate This Week? Assistant interactives editor Andrew Kahn on the best of Slate, from the history of slavery to Mad Men.
Ironic Misandry Claims Its First Victim A woman tweets #KillAllWhiteMen and the Internet explodes.
How Things Break Ali fought Liston 50 years ago. Two legends were born, but another was broken.