Now that the situation in Syria is moving towards a political settlement and reconstruction, many more parties will have a say in what happens.
Russia realizes that with the war waning and reconstruction looming, others will begin to step forward in Syria, including China, Europe, and Japan. Moscow will seek to partner with them to secure a piece of the lucrative reconstruction effort.
The year 2017 witnessed serious upheavals, from Saudi Arabia’s internal purge and the end of the Islamic State to the serial Iranian and Russian triumphs in Syria.
Maha Yahya discusses the implications of the U.S. decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by President Trump was a political decision, not a foreign policy decision. It was about President Trump and his supporters, and not about moving the peace process forward.
President Trump announced a radical departure in U.S. Middle East policy by declaring the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem makes the U.S. much less likely to be trusted as an honest broker.
As Saad al-Hariri considers his options, what does the trajectory of Rafik al-Hariri tell him?
The Arab Spring failed to quickly change the status quo, but may have set in motion a transformational process that, if managed properly, may can lead to more open and meritocratic societies across the region.