Although many lament that the Arab Spring has turned into an Arab Winter, the conflicts emerging across the Middle East are largely the result of the political, economic, and social ills of dictatorships.
Saudi warplanes bombed a military airbase at Sanaa’s civilian airport and struck at other strategic locations in an air campaign to halt the advance of Houthi rebels.
The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, is gaining in strength and popularity, and it could become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.
Through compromise and cooperation, Morocco’s king and the ruling Islamist Party of Justice and Development have figured out how to get along.
In order for peace to exist in Yemen, the ingredients of the political transition—its tools and its godfathers—should first admit that the path they have forced Yemen into has led to nothing but catastrophe.
Looking at Syria four years into the conflict, it becomes clear that a variety of stakeholders have been repeating past mistakes, with devastating consequences.
Signs of genuine disunity inside the ISIS ranks would be something new, and a potentially important development for the countries locked in battle with the group.
Until Egyptian and Tunisian governments reform their security sectors, the culture of police impunity will deepen and democratic transition will remain impossible for both countries.
A discussion about the heated politics of the Iran talks, Putin, and past U.S. secretaries of state.
A comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran is not an end in itself but a necessary precondition for a more effective EU policy in an unraveling region.
If the global turmoil of the late 1980s was fueled by a liberty deficit, today’s extremist movements may well be exploiting a justice deficit.
Political dysfunction in Washington is a much greater threat to every American than the Islamic State will ever be.
The risk of a failure to reach a comprehensive deal with Iran is growing. However, a gradualist approach is the most realistic option for solving the nuclear issue.
Egypt’s leaders hope that foreign investors, led by the Gulf states, will provide much-needed capital. But the fall in oil prices may make it difficult for them to help.
Squeezed between the Sunni extremism of the Islamic State on the one hand and the rising political clout of the Shia Iran on the other, the Saudis are apparently eager to cash in their many IOUs in Pakistan.
Egypt’s current foreign policy activism is more show than substance. The temptation to expand this approach by intervening in Libya will only reveal Egypt’s vulnerabilities and deepen them further.
It’s easy to forget just how remarkable the nuclear talks with Iran are and that there is no better alternative to the current approach.
Four years after the start of the Arab revolutions, fundamental issues like polarization identities and economic inequities continue to destabilize the region.
People enduring life under the rule of the Islamic State are desperate to be saved, but they cannot rise up against the organization because they do not have the means to do so.
Netanyahu’s speech to the Congress makes it harder for the administration to sell a nuclear deal in the United States.
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