Russia’s involvement in Syria is less about protecting natural gas interests and more about prosaic strategic interests.
Russia hopes its recent military support to Bashar al-Assad will give it political leverage over the Syrian regime and counter Western military might both in Syria and globally.
Saudi Arabia’s lack of clear goals in Yemen is worsening the security vacuum and potentially undermining the kingdom’s national security.
The Kurdish Regional Government is facing immense financial challenges, but its worsening reputation in doing business is severely damaging to the future of the country’s energy industry.
Lebanon’s government is betting that a new waste plan and a national dialogue to elect a president will end ongoing protests by the “You Stink” movement.
A presidential proposal to review corruption cases outside Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission will obstruct the body’s ability to implement transitional justice.
Hamas seeks to improve ties with Saudi Arabia while preserving its pre-existing regional interlocutors, including Iran.
Hamas’s pivot to Saudi Arabia may help Khaled Meshaal isolate the military wing and obtain a credible truce with Israel.
Political deadlock within the Kurdistan Regional Government is hindering the shift from an executive to a parliamentary system.
Parliamentary elections are expected before the end of 2015, but recent legal amendments risk future dissolution of the parliament.
African migrants making their way to Europe are caught in Libya in a humanitarian crisis of insufficient aid and worsening detention conditions.
Strong shared institutions unite Egypt’s Armenians and preserve the shrinking minority’s identity.
The political rise of the Badr Organization and its leader, Hadi al-Ameri, is paving the way for a garrison state in Iraq.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is likely to hamper Rouhani’s economic reform agenda.
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