The EU needs to look beyond nuclear negotiations and develop a comprehensive strategy for dealing with Iran.
The seizure of the Iraqi city of Mosul is a moral and tactical victory for the militant group ISIS—and a wake-up call for Western and Arab countries.
The highly localized nature of the Syrian conflict means that its evolution and eventual resolution will elude the control of outsiders.
For Tehran, the Syrian conflict is at the center of an ideological, sectarian, and geopolitical struggle against a diverse array of adversaries.
Amman is increasingly pursuing a policy of supporting neither the regime nor the opposition in Syria while quietly working to help resolve the conflict. It has few other options.
Russia has two broad strategic objectives in the Syrian conflict: challenging U.S. dominance in world affairs and aiding Assad in the fight against Islamist radicals.
Turkey faces the challenge of recalibrating its policy toward Syria given the Assad regime’s resilience and gradual recovery of international legitimacy.
The Syrian conflict has recently become a major source of concern for Europe, but it could still be overshadowed by an escalation of tensions in Ukraine.
Lebanon struggles with a complex web of problems associated with the Syrian conflict, from an influx of refugees to sharp domestic political divisions.
China is unusually secure in its policy of nonintervention in the Syrian conflict. But will strong rhetoric and vetoes be enough?
Washington’s reluctance to take a leadership role in Syria has played a part in increasing the threat to core U.S. interests.
Gulf states’ reasons for intervention in Syria are complex, and their policies are unpredictable and frequently contradictory.
How Europeans can foster a more productive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reinvigorate the stalled peace process.
Washington hopes to foster a new and improved relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but that may be a distant dream. Enmity between the two rivals runs deep.
Despite its contradictions, Tunisia’s new constitution has paved the way for effective reform. But more work must be done to truly put the country on a stable, democratic path.
The armed rebellion in Syria has not lost its sting, but it remains considerably less than the sum of its parts.
Four factors help explain how Tunisia was able to reach a landmark political compromise and put its democratic transition back on track.
The Syrian National Coalition is living on borrowed time. Unless it can develop credible political leadership and effective administration inside Syria, the outlook for those trying to make it succeed looks bleak.
The Assad regime is clawing its way back to a position of dominance in the Syrian conflict. But it can only maintain that position as long as the armed conflict endures.
The time when Assad might have been defeated by a truly inept opposition leadership and fragmented rebel movement has passed.