Assad meets French delegates in Damascus following the Paris atrocities.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?
Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire/Press Association Images
Western leaders insist that engaging with authoritarian regimes promotes human rights. They are missing the point.
Maria Gloria Polimeno
When the 'Arab street' came to Downing Street, passions ran high and fear and loathing were in the air.
Arguably the Arab spring's one true success story, Tunisia is getting the recognition it deserves.
University students are protesting various issues related to transformation on campuses across South Africa.
There is enormous potential for long term and genuine change if universities change their approach to dissent – and reinvent themselves as more agile institutions.
Clamour for change.
Massive youth unemployment and a legal system left over from dictatorship days are still holding Tunisia back.
A militia advances 90km north of Tripoli.
With Libya carved up by warring factions, the UN has offered up a directionless and toothless peace plan.
Nigerian youth celebrate presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. Youth unemployment will continue to threaten the continent’s growth.
How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.
Protesters march against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Why does Burundi’s Nkurunziza, like many African leaders before him, find it difficult to leave office? The events of the Arab spring should have served as a wake-up call.
How did it come to this? Sana'a after an air strike.
Saudi Arabia could wait no longer to try and dampen the flames engulfing Yemen – but it may be too late.
By bringing together Arab political parties in the Joint List, Ayman Odeh has emerged as leader of the third-largest party in Israel.
The emergence of the Joint List as the third-largest party is evidence of both Israeli democracy and a growing awareness among the nation's Arab citizens of their power to influence its direction.
When will they be reformed?
The Arab Spring began with a protest against police brutality. The dreams of those who took to the streets 4 years ago will not be realized until police forces change.
Tunisian soldiers take up positions outside the National Bardo museum.
Tunisia's problem with radical Islamism has been steadily brewing since the days of the Ben Ali regime.
Under former president Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan was little more than a ‘vertically integrated criminal organisation’, according to a new book.
Corruption can directly contribute to the growth of the very forces the world’s security agencies are desperately trying to contain and combat.
Mourning their Coptic brethren, murdered by ISIS.
An eyewitness to Libya's optimism after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi asks how it has become a base for ISIS.
The aftermath of the attack on the Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli.
The apparent murders of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto have once again drawn attention to the brutality of Islamic State fighters operating in northern Syria and Iraq…
Life is rarely black and white in Libya.
For the first time in years, there is a new hope that the fragmentation of Libya can be averted, thanks to new rounds of UN mediation efforts. There is a danger, however, that the media coverage accompanying…
Ahmed Negm, the Egyptian poet of protest.
The excitement that accompanied the beginning of the Arab Spring has now largely died down, as a timeworn truth reiterates itself: when an oppressive power is toppled, a similar or worse one will often…
A message of solidarity has spread rapidly.
The shocking events at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris did not happen in a vacuum. They are not the actions of a few outcasts on the edge of society. These brutal murders, apparently in the name of…
Al-Sisi won an election – but can he win his people’s confidence?
It was a year of huge transition for Egypt. Gone was the Muslim Brotherhood, in both word and deed, while the military regime of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi strengthened its control across the state. Despite facing…