Refugees are pouring into neighboring countries to avoid the chaotic violence in Syria. Jordan is taking a large number of these refugees and straining its budget at a time of political instability.
The perpetuation of the Assad regime is critical to Iran's efforts to maintain its regional influence, and Tehran has demonstrated it will do whatever it can to aid Assad and his regime.
Syria is too important as an Iranian ally for Tehran to engage in a political transition process that would result in the ousting of the Assad regime.
As violence continues to spiral out of control in Syria, all signs point to a protracted struggle for the future of Syria.
Syria's uprising has grown increasingly violent with no hint of reconciliation, threatening the stability of neighboring countries.
The struggle to root out al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula will require extensive Yemeni and U.S. cooperation, but it is ultimately a problem that the Yemenis must solve.
All signs point to the crisis in Syria continuing, despite the increasing violence, as the international community is unable to formulate a unified approach.
Although Russia seeks to remain the critical broker between Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian opposition, its stance on Syria is beginning to shift as the prospects for Assad's long-term rule diminish.
In the aftermath of parliamentary elections in Iran, it is increasingly clear that the Iran is now a one party state.
As speculation increases that Iran is inching closer to acquiring nuclear weapons, rhetoric regarding war may just be an effort to strengthen diplomacy.
As the rhetoric between Israel and Iran continues to ratchet up, policymakers are working to solve the Iranian nuclear crisis. Any Israeli military attack on Iran could lead to catastrophic economic and security implications for the United States.
Despite increased tension between the United States and Iran, it is highly unlikely that Iran would commit an act of terror on U.S. soil because of the devastating repercussions Tehran would face.
Despite Iran’s rhetoric, it is highly unlikely that the Ahmadinejad regime will close the Strait of Hormuz given the economic ramifications such a move would inflict on Iran's own economy.
Eight years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is veering towards a "Lebanonization" of its political system, with power permanently distributed along strict ethnic and sectarian lines.
Any military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities will indefinitely postpone the shelf life of the Iranian regime and therefore be counterproductive.
U.S. ambivalence toward the popular democratic outbursts of the Arab Spring stems from Washington’s economic and security concerns in the region.
In countries like Syria and Libya, where the situation is still fluid and tumultuous, Tunisia provides a great example of how a transitional election should unfold.
If successful, the Tunisian elections could provide a model for other countries in the region that are experiencing political transitions.
Ongoing protests in Jordan are marked by calls for reforming, rather than replacing, the existing regime and a significant amount of common ground among established opposition groups.
The incremental process of releasing the two jailed American hikers has not only tarnished Iran's international image, it also displayed the continuing tensions between Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad.