Levantine Labyrinths

Sectarian infighting and foreign intervention breed intrigue on the Lebanese political scene. Last summer’s war had a devastating effect—but factional power politics and Hizballah’s rising popularity threaten to make matters worse.

Antony T. Sullivan

India's Ascending Path

India is being courted by Russia, China and the United States. Heady stuff—as long as India’s leaders don’t forget they still have some pressing domestic challenges.

Leah Fenwick

A New Hope in France

French voters dealt a blow to the far-right and the far-left, reassuring themselves and the world of the strength of their democracy and the prospects for healthy change to reverse France’s decline.

More of the Same, but Different

French voters chose ruling-party conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Ségolène Royal—both meant to represent a new generation of leaders—to compete in a classic left-right contest.

Nigeria: Crisis of Legitimacy

The flawed elections in Nigeria have the potential to destabilize both the region and the world. Will Nigerians once again demonstrate their incredible national capacity to pull themselves back from the brink?

Loyalty at What Cost?

President George W. Bush’s “full support” of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has implications far beyond the future of the two besieged officials.

End the Stalemate in the Sahara

The United States and the international community ought to support the stability of North Africa by safeguarding the territorial integrity of Morocco and ending the conflict in the Saraha.