Richard Engel
Richard Engel

If democracy brings an undemocratic group to power, is that a victory for democracy?

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

The Muslim Brotherhood is much more hardline than Turkish Islamists.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Each time there is a conflict between Israel and Gaza, accusations fly over who started it, each side blaming the other.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

It seems nothing good comes out of Abu Ghraib.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

In popular Egyptian and regional culture, women are seen as weak, easy victims to temptation in the same way Eve couldn't resist that shiny apple in the Garden of Eden.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Foreign aid projects have pumped billions of dollars into the Afghan economy.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

For many foreign fighters, the jihad in Iraq and Syria is a commuter war.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

The Israeli military believes it has destroyed all of Hamas's tunnels, or at least all the ones it knew about.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

To be slapped with a shoe is a dirty insult in the Muslim world.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

The dangers of an Afghan collapse are many: Afghan deaths, a loss of American prestige, a loss of NATO prestige, a moral blow to U.S. troops and veterans, a Taliban resurgence, huge setbacks for women, and greater power for Pakistan and Pakistani extremists.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Faced with the crippling sanctions, Iran could simply decide it is paying too high a cost to pursue its nuclear program and could opt for negotiations and reconciliation with the United States and other members of the international community. This is clearly the preferred option of American leaders.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

A nuclear program has arguably worked as a deterrent for North Korea and other states - would Moammar Gadhafi have been deposed and summarily killed if Libya had had nuclear weapons? Iranians might not think so.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Afghanistan does have an air force: It has two C-130s. I saw one of them. It was nice, a gift from the United States. But two planes don't even make a Caribbean charter airline, let alone an air force for a country at war.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

There weren't many weapons in Egypt in the 1990s. Police controls on guns were very strict back then. That is no longer the case in Egypt today.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

President Bashar Assad's regime is in the unique position of being targeted both by Israel and supporters of al Qaeda.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Israel specifically does not want Syria to hand over weapons, chemical or conventional, to Hezbollah.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

If Israel sees weapons moving toward its border, it acts.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Every war has its demons.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

'Shabiha' is a difficult word to translate into English. It comes from the word Syrians used to describe the luxury Mercedes favored by the Assad family's operatives that the enforcers of the regime used to move money, smuggle weapons and intimidate opponents.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Every war has revolutionary justice.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Syrians need to prepare for the aftermath if the Assad regime falls. Atrocities that could be considered war crimes have been committed in this country, and Syrians should rightly demand that the perpetrators be held accountable.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Initially, before the modern state of Iraq was created, there were three separate provinces here: a Shiite in the south, a largely Sunni one in the middle, and a Kurdish one in the north.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Egypt has a presidential system. The president runs the state. Who the president is matters profoundly.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

The Muslim Brotherhood, or 'the Brotherhood' for short, is an Islamic group founded in Egypt in 1928. It has been pursuing a secret campaign to take over the government since its creation.

Richard Engel
Richard Engel

Egypt is the most populous Arab nation, the seat of Sunni Islamic doctrine, and has tremendous political, religious and social influence on the rest of the region. For better or worse, it will lead the rest of the Middle East by example. So goes Egypt, so goes the region.