AQIM is taking advantage of the social and economic fabric of Sahelian communities while exploiting the region's vast plains and porous borders that complicate counterterrorism operations.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Algeria is facing many challenges however the major issues are socio-economic.
Having expended considerable military effort in helping Libyan forces wrest territory from the Islamic State last year, the United States should now turn its diplomatic attention to ensuring the country does not slip into greater chaos.
By catering to the Saudis in Yemen, the United States has empowered al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, strengthened Iranian influence in Yemen, undermined Saudi security, and brought Yemen closer to the brink of collapse.
The airstrike has now brought Trump almost completely into alignment with the mainstream of Republican foreign policy and the bipartisan foreign policy consensus he once railed against.