The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is trying five suspects for the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. Getting here has been difficult, but international justice is worth it.
There is a real danger that international observers monitoring Egypt’s constitutional referendum will lend legitimacy to a flawed and undemocratic process.
Barack Obama has had a tough year. Does 2014 portend more of the same?
If all goes according to plan, Iran will sign a comprehensive final agreement on its nuclear program in 2014. But it would be unwise to bet that events will unfold as planned.
Any peaceful solution for Syria will hinge on a compromise that brings a transitional government to Damascus.
In the eyes of the West, Ankara fluctuates on international issues and displays a lack of consistency in dealing with its allies. Why is Turkey’s foreign policy so erratic?
The Arab transformations have only just begun. The coming year will offer signs as to whether countries of the Arab world are heading toward or away from democracy and pluralism.
Syria’s newest Islamist party has admirably liberal ambitions. But it lacks the substance to become a viable, functioning party able to survive the current conflict.
The leaders of Egypt’s pre-2011 institutions may see an opportunity in the current popular climate to retake—and even broaden—the powers they enjoyed under Mubarak.
The agreement reached in Geneva will slow Iran’s nuclear progress. For that reason alone it deserves support.
Criticism of Egypt’s military-backed transition is spreading, even among secular Egyptians who were happy to see the Muslim Brotherhood–backed Mohamed Morsi removed from power.
The downfall of Egypt’s Islamist president has not led to the separation of religion and state in the country. The reality is quite the opposite: religion is being nationalized.
A Saudi plan to build a new national army for the Syrian opposition is polarizing the rebels and potentially undermining Riyadh’s objectives in Syria.
The ruling party in Turkey has long relied on a powerful Islamic social movement to maintain power. But cracks in the alliance are exposing a rivalry at the heart of the state.
The Syrian war is being played out in Moscow, Tehran, and Washington. To achieve further progress, the three capitals cannot avoid working together on a diplomatic solution.
Friction with Washington over regional developments has Riyadh concerned about its foreign policy course. But the two differ most sharply on internal not international affairs.
For Turkey, the U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons is at best incomplete and at worst a distraction from the real political goal: removing Assad from power.
To be a full player in a genuinely democratic Egyptian political system, the Brotherhood has to embark on an ideological, doctrinal, and organizational transformation.
A military strike on Syria might deter the Assad regime from using chemical weapons again, but it is unlikely to be a game changer in the course of the Syrian conflict.
As the U.S. troop withdrawal approaches, Washington should consider how improving U.S.-Iranian relations can further its long-term goals in Afghanistan and the region.