Now that the situation in Syria is moving towards a political settlement and reconstruction, many more parties will have a say in what happens.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Michele Dunne discusses the shifts in U.S. relations with Egypt and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Iran has entered a growth-friendly demographic window of opportunity, during which prime-age workers outnumber children and elderly dependents. This period will profoundly shape Iran’s future.
U.S. and Egyptian interests are increasingly divergent and the relationship now has far less common purpose than it once did.
President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to Algeria was about future relations, but will the past allow that?
The specialized literature sheds light on why conflicts are spreading, and lasting longer, especially in the Middle East.
Revamping its Customs Union with Turkey is the only viable way for the EU to encourage rules-based economic and political reforms in the country and maintain engagement with Ankara.
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.