Turkey’s shift away from the West since the July 15 coup attempt is a deliberate tactic to strengthen the government’s domestic support base and pursue a more aggressive regional role.
President Hassan Rouhani’s mixed record heading into the last year of his current term may alienate supporters and create an opening for opponents to challenge him in the 2017 elections.
Turkey’s failed coup attempt suggests the military’s political role has reached a nadir, but politicization of the institution continues.
This year’s unprecedented Jerusalem pride parade was a political movement uniting diverse minority groups against violence rather than a celebration of selective freedoms.
Saudi Arabia’s grand plan for economic reform might expand employment and transparency, but there would also be losers.
The rise of the Islamic State has created both challenges and opportunities for Iranian trade networks in Iraq.
Grand projects, though moving quickly, are doing nothing to address the underlying structural problems plaguing Egypt’s economy.
A new U.S. law targeting Hezbollah’s finances is creating more uncertainty in Lebanon’s banking sector and could have wider economic consequences.
Warring parties in Syria have weaponized aid by granting or withholding humanitarian access, complicating the work of aid organizations.
The only formal political opposition groups left in Egypt are continuing to play the regime’s game and, predictably, losing.
Jordan’s latest government and constitutional changes could allow the monarchy to shift the burden of austerity to an elected government