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Stephen Glain

Stephen Glain

Stephen Glain is a freelance journalist and author based in Paris. For two decades, as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, he covered Asia, the Middle East and the policy sausage factories of Washington, D.C. He is the author of two books: Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World (St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire (Crown Books, 2011).

Liberal Islam’s Poster Boy

Kamal Al-Helbawy, until recently one of the oldest members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has spent most of his life on …

Borrowed Success

The Egyptian press all but ignored it, but the announcement on June 17 that the European Bank for Reconstruction and …

One Eye on the Exit

A decade ago I met in Cairo with Munir Fakhry Abdelnour, a highly respected businessman and financier, to talk about …

Sibling Rivalry

In an interview last month, Egyptian politician Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh displayed the poise and good humor of a man …

Strings Attached

In spring 2002, with the Second Intifada entering its second year, I was in Damascus drinking tea with a friend …

Hagel’s Trial By Fire

If nothing else, last week’s Senate hearings on Chuck Hagel’s fitness to run the US Defense Department exposed the deep …

The Merchant’s Plight

Mazen Kalab arrives an hour late for his interview with me, a Western journalist. He twitches nervously as he settles …

Hands Untied

Now that US President Barak Obama has earned a second term, so goes a canned Beltway conceit, he may pursue …

What Next for Obama?

He won—but he won ugly. The same US president who first captured the White House in poetry and governed in …

NATO of the Living Dead

If transatlantic relations were a Hallowe’en party, NATO could come as a zombie. Like the living dead, the North Atlantic …