A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Journalist Ali Hashem discusses why Iran aims to secure control over the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Iran has just completed a presidential election and Carnegie’s Karim Sadjadpour discusses what may lie ahead.
On the margins of a Carnegie conference, Nikolay Koshanov and Hossein Mousavian discuss Russia’s and Iran’s role in the Syrian conflict.
Pending Iran sanctions legislation would not necessarily torpedo the nuclear deal.
How does Russia position itself between Iran and Israel in the Middle East?
In an interview, academic and activist Ziad Majed examines the destructive dynamics across the Middle East.
What American voters may have wrought in the Middle East.
Carnegie's Karim Sadjadpour argues that the Saudi-Iranian rivalry in the Middle East is becoming increasingly hard-edged.
It could be time for America to close its naval base in Bahrain.
In an interview, Walid Joumblatt asks for more U.S. involvement in the Middle East and believes Bashar al-Assad will remain in power.
Congress won’t take a strong stand on an issue of war and peace that may backfire.
For Russia, the Syrian conflict is clearly a burden, but it is also a source of influence, through which the Kremlin has sought to develop its regional alliances, especially with Iran.
Highly sectarian media coverage and rhetoric surrounding the campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah threatens to further damage the strained social fabric of Iraq.
Russia and Iran are now trapped in a situation of mutual dependence where both stand to lose if the pact between Moscow, Tehran, and Damascus should fall apart.
Russia’s September 2015 aerial intervention in Syria would not have succeeded without a parallel Iranian intervention on the ground.
With the outbreak of the most recent round of conflict after the 2011 uprisings, sectarian discourse in Yemen has grown increasingly heated.
Iraq’s al-Hashd al-Shaabi militias have challenged the state’s monopoly on force but have also played a critical role in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
The new United Nations peace process for Syria will operate on two tracks with the hope of building the necessary critical mass to stem the violence.
The recent nuclear agreement with Iran will likely have far-reaching effects on conflicts across the Middle East, particularly the war in Yemen.