Andrea Plebani

Borders
The end of the Sykes-Picot line

The borders drawn up at the end of World War I in what was left of the Ottoman Empire have often been accused of being arbitrary. Islamists, however, see them as a colonial imposition that must be rectified.

The twisting roads of Arab transition
Going full circle

Egypt and Tunisia were the first to infect the rest of the Arab world with their contagious rebellions. While Tunisia seems to be moving toward a true transition, Egypt had returned firmly to military rule.