Chronic disorder among the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s many enemies may enable the extremist group to recover from a string of recent defeats and reclaim the initiative.
When the time comes, new approaches to economic reconstruction are needed in Syria.
For years, there has been debate on the extent to which Islam is compatible with the principles of democracy. Recently, the debate has shifted to a more productive question: when do religious actors decide to support a democratic transition process?
Russia, Iran and Hezbullah must seek a genuine accommodation with the Syrian opposition and a meaningful political transition, otherwise they will have to maintain and police a sullen, nonviable post-war peace.
Fallujah is an opportunity for the central government to regain the trust of Iraq's Sunni population.
Throughout history there are a number of examples of siblings and friends operating together in armed groups.
Five years after the onset of the Arab Spring, much of the Middle East is in crisis. However, it may be too early to deem the uprisings a failure.
Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented assertiveness is not a sign of confidence, but rather reflects deep anxieties about a collapsing regional order.
The Iraqi Army is facing some significant challenges as it seeks to retake Fallujah from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
In anticipation of the eventual power vacuum in Mosul, Kurdish forces have begun to plan for what comes next in the city, only an hour’s drive from Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital.
While the international community is focused on the self-proclaimed Islamic State or Iran, most Arabs are focused on improving their lives. Their governments should encourage them.
A new layer of ambitious small and midsize powers is emerging in the Middle East, representing a structural shift in the regional order and an opportunity for European diplomacy.
The Arab uprisings of early 2011 disrupted virtually every dimension of Arab politics and societies. The place of women in politics and the public sphere was no exception.
Although Saudi Arabia has appointed a new oil minister, it will most likely continue to maintain its current petroleum production policy.
Despite uncertainties, the latest developments show the Sadrist movement could be a positive force in the Iraqi political scene.
Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s leadership is in question after major protests in Baghdad, most recently with crowds storming the Green Zone and occupying parliament.
The Syrian opposition cannot rely on outside intervention and must solve its leadership and structural problems to overcome future challenges.
Algeria might be more stable because of Bouteflika’s policies, but it still faces significant domestic and regional challenges.
Splits among certain factions have provided a window into the world of the Syrian opposition and its enduring structural problems, internal rivalries, and ties to foreign states.
In the years since the 2011 protests, rebellions have led to renewed repression in some places and chaos in others, but it may be too soon to say that they have failed.