‘Fractured Lands’: Making Sense of the Unraveling Middle East

‘Fractured Lands’: Making Sense of the Unraveling Middle East
Tens of thousands of Egyptians celebrate the fall of the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 18, 2011 (AP photo by Khalil Hamra).

In an unusual New York Times Magazine single-story issue titled “Fractured Lands,” journalist Scott Anderson provides a sweeping look at the Middle East, through portraits of subjects from Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya. His conclusions are mostly gloomy, although some brief moments of human resilience and hope appear. One can debate his analysis of state failure, and of how much weight to give to U.S. policy, particularly since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, in explaining the current unraveling in some key Arab states. But even with some disagreements, a big takeaway is the vital role that journalists play in making […]

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