With just over a month left until the March 31 deadline, it appears the US negotiating stance has begun to soften.
A persistent flaw of Western policy towards Afghanistan is treating the country as a unitary whole, the way democratic optimists imagine it to be, instead of a patchwork of competing ethnic and tribal identities – the way it actually is.
The brutal killing of Lieutenant Moath Youssef al-Kasasbeh has united much of Jordan, but the Kingdom faces great risks in an extended campaign against Islamic State.
Considering the warring factions, stunted opportunities for economic growth, an imminent oil shortage, and the severe water problems, Yemen is a social and security time bomb.
A map detailing the tenuous political situation in Yemen.
Discussion has often focused on the dynamics of the Afghanistan-Pakistan-India triangle. But there’s another contender in the arena of Afghan politics – Iran.
John Rosenthal argues that recent Western foreign policy missteps in Libya and Syria have fueled the rise of radical Islam.
Neither conservatives nor liberals have got it totally right in the post-Charlie Hebdo editorial space.
Geography still has a lot to tell us about the roots of international conflict.
2015 projects to be another difficult year for the Middle East, with old vacuums widening and a few new ones opening up.