Russia’s involvement in Syria is less about protecting natural gas interests and more about prosaic strategic interests.
Abadi’s reforms have been mischaracterized both in terms of their content and the reasons driving opposition to them.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party successfully convinced a cross-section of voters that it was the only party able to maintain domestic security.
Amid the violence of the fight for Aleppo, local residents have come up with makeshift methods of survival and resistance.
By destroying rebel groups’ attempts at local governance, Russian military assistance is helping Assad present his government as the only viable force to rule Syria.
Despite initial optimism, Jordan’s draft election law does little to erase parties’ disadvantage against tribal candidates.
What are the implications of ongoing violence and protests for Jerusalem, the Arab–Israeli conflict, and prospects for de-escalation?
Any effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State would face military and political obstacles that may be too significant to overcome.
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.
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.
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.
The political rise of the Badr Organization and its leader, Hadi al-Ameri, is paving the way for a garrison state in Iraq.
Assad may be relinquishing authority over certain parts of Syria he is unable to hold or recapture, but the war is sure to drag on for some time.
Amid rising terror threats, meaningful security sector reform risks being delayed indefinitely.
Free Patriotic Movement protests are just the latest of Michel Aoun’s tactics to secure the presidency and empower his party.
Despite their mixed military record, Iraq’s Shia militias are growing in public standing in the wake of Ramadi.
The fight against the Islamic State has disrupted food production in Iraq, but the Iraqi government is in no shape to fill the food gap.