A Machiavellian combination of ruthlessness, radicalism, and realism has helped Tehran fill political vacuums created by the Iraq war and Arab uprisings.
President Trump’s plan to slash military aid to Tunisia, a country on the front lines with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, is both misguided and dangerous.
The recent terrorist attack in Tehran is evidence that Iran is not immune to the effects of the ongoing regional turmoil.
The ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors offers insight into U.S. interests in the Middle East, and the Gulf in particular.
To promote Saudi Arabia’s push toward renewable energy, the United States should help the kingdom transform itself from petro-state to participant in the global clean energy market.
A diplomatic crisis has hit the Gulf after six regional countries severed ties with Qatar.
Israeli and Palestinian civil society activists keep fighting to close the divide between their societies despite myriad obstacles.
By forging closer relations with Tehran, Europe could unshackle its foreign policy from the United States.
Recent attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt have highlighted the ineffectiveness of both the military and the recently declared state of emergency.
President Trump delivered harsh criticism of Iran on his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, but the comments may have overlooked recent developments in both Tehran and Washington.
Despite his strategy of embracing Arab partners at the outset of his term, Trump will almost certainly soon experience tensions and these revived relationships may not survive the inevitable turbulence.
Like his predecessors, Trump is almost certain to find that, at best, the Middle East is a problem to be managed—not one to be transformed according to the president’s desires.
While the differences between Rouhani and Raisi are meaningful, and the competition between them is genuine, four decades of Iranian presidential elections have had little impact on Iran’s major domestic and foreign policies.
The closing of civic space has become a defining feature of political life in an ever-increasing number of countries.
The Saudi Aramco IPO offers a unique opportunity for climate-based transparency. Yet, despite having some of the cleanest oils, transparency is unlikely without pressure from investors and exchanges.
The official Muslim religious establishments in Arab countries give governments a major role in religious life, but these institutions are rarely mere regime mouthpieces and can be difficult to steer in a particular direction.
Development does not co-exist naturally with free market policies, as many ardent liberalists assert, nor is it a process that is inevitable or prescribed.
Boycotting the election is a form of political stand in which the Algerian citizens are refusing to give the government any legitimacy.
Following the Arab uprisings, the Algerian regime exhibited a remarkable degree of stability and continuity as it adapted to the new local, regional and international realities.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) remains divisive, poorly understood, and plagued by internal divisions, as it is both recognized by the state and at the behest of nonstate leadership figures. Key challenges involving the PMF will shape Iraq’s political and security future.