Absent effective institutions, Libya has struggled and devolved into civil war since the fall of Qaddafi. But while the country has dropped off Western radars since the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, the story of Libya is far from finished.
Gulf-based Salafi financiers have had a diminished role in the Syrian civil war recently, but their influence will linger in the country's religious sphere.
While the Middle East’s central battle line is changing, Egypt is pursuing a strategy of opportunism that aims to maximize its returns and preserve its options.
Tunisia’s decentralization process has tremendous potential. Yet the central government, local government, civil society, and international donors must each invest in the process.
A preliminary assessment of Iraq’s parliamentary elections suggests that compromise will be inevitable.
As Hamas tries to rebuild its military credibility, Israel is reacting to this in lethal ways.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Syria’s regime is changing the country’s urban planning laws to punish its foes and reward loyalists.
Donald Trump has withdrawn from the nuclear deal with Iran, but he appears to have no Plan B.
Lebanese elections showed that the pro-Iran party’s sway depends on adapting to changing political circumstances.