The Iraqi government’s military stumbles gave Iran-aligned militias a chance to push back, but for now Prime Minister Abadi holds on.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad is broadening its mission and moving slowly down the same road taken earlier by Fatah and then Hamas.
The Israeli blockade, along with donor fatigue and the prospect of continued conflict, has prevented reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
Amid the fight against the Islamic State, Iraq is witnessing another struggle for power between Abadi’s nationalist Shia factions and Iranian-backed militias.
After several setbacks outside of Damascus, Assad’s regime has turned to fighting terrorists operating near or inside Yarmouk refugee camp, while its residents are trapped between the two assaults.
The decision to unite four Arab parties in the Knesset may usher in an era of increased cooperation in securing the interests of Palestinians.
Although real progress is being made on Kurdish peace in Turkey, the PKK is not likely to disarm anytime soon.
If Iraqi parties cannot agree on a unified vision for the National Guard, options will remain limited for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.
Kurds will benefit from the HDP’s decision to run as a party in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, but the party will bear most of the risk.
The international community has heavily invested in the armed forces of Syria’s neighbors, but hard security cannot be achieved without more robust humanitarian aid.
As the Syrian war approaches its fourth year, the Assad regime may finally be losing a critical tool in its arsenal—bread subsidies.
In the Middle East, producers are facing different effects of the recent drop in oil prices. Four oil experts explore the impact of falling prices on the economies of key regional producers.
New rules restricting the entry of Syrians into Lebanon are only a stopgap measure in the government’s effort to curb and ultimately control the refugee population.
Erdogan’s hardball politics with other Islamic groups, including the conservative Gülen movement, are discrediting his party’s democratic credentials.
With few viable options at its disposal to address Gaza’s pressing social and economic needs, Hamas may be forced to extend its unity government with Fatah.
The war in Syria has polarized Turkey’s political landscape and reignited hostilities between Islamists and secularists.
The inability of the Lebanese state to figure out where Arsal stands has made public and state perceptions increasingly hostile toward the town.
Realpolitik, rather than ethics, provides the most powerful arguments against the growing calls to forge a deal with the Syrian regime.
Although Kobani has spurred a KRG-PYD strategic rapprochement, Kurdish unity across borders remains elusive.
Plans to build a national guard force risk widening sectarian divisions in Iraq and pushing more Sunnis toward the Islamic State.