Through its pragmatic foreign policy, the leadership of the Kurdistan region has won trust in Washington and other capitals.
Morocco’s Justice and Spirituality movement has always existed outside the mainstream political arena, and there is little reason to expect that to change.
Cheap oil hurts OPEC member states in the short term. But Saudi Arabia has a long-term view, and the kingdom is trying to expand its share of the global oil market.
Egypt’s real challenge is ensuring political as well as economic inclusion for the broadest array of social groups and classes possible.
Countering the Iranian threat to the Gulf requires the patient work of domestic reform to complement military measures.
Unlike North Korea, Iran may well be motivated to live up to the terms of its nuclear deal, while the United States may find it even more difficult to deliver.
Faced with declining gas production and falling oil prices, Algeria is moving to tap its promising shale resources—but success is not assured.
Algeria’s Movement of Society for Peace faces a difficult choice: become a real opposition party or maintain its special relationship with the regime.
Tunisia’s government has a rocky road ahead. Along the way, the country can look to the West—in particular, to the EU—for support.
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.
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.
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.
The Islamic State will only be ousted from Iraq’s second largest city if Sunni tribal forces join the fight. That will require rebuilding their trust in Baghdad.
The United States and Europe should encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to use international organizations and law as an alternative to violence.
The Islamic State’s expansion in Qalamoun is not the real threat to Lebanon’s security—the Nusra Front’s attempt to gain more control along the Lebanese side of the border is.
To revive the Sunni authority’s long tradition of Islamic moderation, Dar al-Fatwa’s new leader must unite all of Lebanon’s Sunni community.
The roots of the recent surge of Sunni extremism in Lebanon are local and deep. Pragmatic steps are needed to protect the country from the fate of Syria and Iraq.
The Church is trying to revive its former role as the sole political voice of Egypt’s Copts. But that position carries real risks for the Church and the country’s Christians.
With its 2014 leadership election, the Islamist group signaled that it is opening a new chapter. But some young members wanted to see even greater change.