The Middle East is in a period of protracted crisis and instability, and the collateral damage and knock-on effects grow worse.
Congress’ possible disapproval of the deal will have repercussions beyond Washington that ought to be factored in.
The Saudi proliferation threat is a bluff designed to put pressure on Washington. Saudi Arabia does not have the nuclear capabilities today to quickly follow through on Prince al-Faisal’s pledge.
On the basis of what has been made known so far, there is no reason to suspect that the IAEA’s conclusions about Iran won’t be sound.
Key external powers involved in the Syrian conflict seem to be engaged in little more than positioning and public relations. Although the prospect of ending Syria’s tragedy is tantalizing, it remains unlikely.
The Iran nuclear deal has yielded neither a verifiable Iranian commitment to restrict its nuclear endeavors to the parameters of a peaceful energy program, nor a mechanism that reliably prevents Iran from funneling the enormous unfrozen funds provided to it to all the wrong causes.
The Kurdistan region of Iraq enjoys more stability, economic development, and political pluralism than the rest of the country. But this assessment fails to recognize key parts of the story.
A new Egyptian antiterrorism law took effect this week, and to call it tough is an understatement.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State has given President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a convenient cover to crack down on Ankara’s long-time nemesis: Kurdish rebels from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party.
Algeria’s tough security stance and the legacy of the country’s bloody civil war help explain why relatively few Algerians are fighting abroad.