Within two years of its formation in 2011, bad blood between South Sudan’s two most powerful leaders had flared into violence. On the six-year anniversary of hostilities breaking out, a revamped peace deal looks like the country’s best chance of restoring order.
The military is woven into almost every part of Egypt’s economy. It runs businesses, produces goods, and manages huge infrastructure projects. What are the consequences of involving a country’s armed forces so deeply in its private and public enterprise?
The Kremlin is riding high in the Middle East, where Russia’s military intervention in Syria has changed the course of the country’s civil war. The Kremlin’s actions in the Middle East have deep historical roots, but potential Russian influence should not be over-exaggerated.
Riyadh is displaying a new foreign policy activism under the leadership of King Salman and his powerful son.
The refugee crisis is impacting political stability in the Middle East and Europe. How should leaders respond to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II?
Turkey’s parliamentary election will mark a pivotal moment for the country’s future. Yet for the first time in over a decade, the outcome is clouded in uncertainty.
It’s easy to forget just how remarkable the nuclear talks with Iran are and that there is no better alternative to the current approach.
Washington and its allies should strategically continue patient diplomacy unless Iran resumes provocative nuclear activities.
The world can be an awfully dangerous and unpredictable place.
With intensifying international pressure to end hostilities, a brief lull in fighting currently prevails in Gaza. But a formal ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has proven elusive.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and possible future incursions into eastern Ukraine could reshape the geopolitical map of Europe and derail cooperation between Moscow and the West for years to come.
Egypt’s chronically weak non-Islamist political parties will be tested in crucial elections in 2014. Here is at look at the major players and the flaws holding them back.
Egypt’s new constitution and referendum are more likely to exacerbate tensions and divisions in the country’s politics than to form part of a democratic transition.
The demonstrations may be larger this time, but Egyptian society is far more divided than it was during the revolution two years ago. It is essential for the transition to be inclusive.
The Saudi royal family’s current strategy of using co-optive and repressive techniques to hold onto power will not always be enough to limit the population’s calls for change.
Consensus over Tammam Salam’s nomination has ensured temporary stability in Lebanon. Yet challenges for Salam in actually forming a new government and arriving at broad consensus over a new parliamentary election law remain.
Any future agreement between Turkey and the Kurds will depend on whether a new Turkish constitution can reconcile Kurdish demands and Prime Minister Erdogan’s ambitions.
The longer Washington puts forward half measures on the peace process, the more damage is done to its interests and reputation in the Arab world.
Despite major obstacles, a political solution to the Syrian conflict remains possible. But any proposed future government must balance the demands of Syria’s disparate stakeholders.
A two-state solution will soon be impossible. Despite the difficulties, the United States needs to make a major effort to find a solution—the costs of waiting are much too great.