The chaos in Libya continues to have a negative impact on the region. Recently, a boat carrying immigrants from Libya to Italy was capsized and the Islamic State killed Ethiopian Christians.
As Yemenis are caught between airstrikes and troops on the ground and militias, there is an increased chance of death—if not by war, then by hunger.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State’s takeover of the Yarmouk refugee camp is good for Bashar al-Assad.
There are signs of internal dissension within the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But even if it is in partial retreat, it is a likely threat in the Middle East—and to Western interests—for years to come.
An Iranian nuclear framework can be an important part of a wider strategy in the Middle East.
The Iran deal reached last week has created a moment of cautious optimism. The agreement exceeded expectations, but a final deal has yet to be reached.
Tensions with Iran could finally ease once a nuclear deal is reached.
The status of the Iran nuclear talks is crucial for the further development of the region.
The Iran deal signed last week is significant. However, major obstacles and serious concerns among regional countries remain.
A roundup of international news including the Iran Deal, the Germanwings crash, and the Al-Shabab attacks in Kenya.
Negotiators in Switzerland announced a “tentative agreement” to limit Iran’s nuclear program and Federica Mogherini, European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, said EU sanctions against Iran will end.
The nuclear program framework agreed to by Iran and six world powers would limit that country’s uranium enrichment and its number of centrifuges. After verification, the European Union, the UN, and the United States would lift sanctions.
The ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran face significant obstacles, including domestic politics in Iran and the opposition of the hardliners.
The fighting in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis inside the country.
Saudi Arabia is using the war against the Houthis to consolidate Saudi influence and control over Yemen, including the Port of Aden.
Iran appears to be increasing its military presence in the Middle East, raising a lot of questions about just what its ambitions are.
A Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign in Yemen comes after four years of a United Nations-backed political solution that ended up creating more violence than peace.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State uses media propaganda to compensate for military losses. The media must not become a platform for the group to promote its messages, as it seeks to assert power and influence.
Four years after Gaddafi’s downfall, Libya faces the prospect of a full-blown civil war. How much responsibility do Europeans have for restoring stability in the country?
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.