Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria and Afghanistan points only to his abdication of the US’ moral responsibility.
The convergence of Russian-Turkish interests is likely only of a temporary nature.
While shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East, it is still struggling to be perceived as a big regional player.
Putin has Turkey exactly where he wants it: As an upset NATO ally willing to break ranks with the alliance’s stance toward Russia.
Russia has been stigmatized as ghoul no. 2 in the American chamber of horrors. That is an act of escapism that conveniently removes China from much-needed public attention.
In the Middle East and North Africa, the transition toward equitable economic development and transparent and accountable rule of law will take a very long time.
Hezbollah may choose to focus on its all-important goal of securing Lebanese-Syrian relations, at the expense of the Houthis in Yemen.
“Never again,” adopted in the wake of the Second World War, has become nothing but an empty slogan in South Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
The Trump Administration’s obsession with the Iran nuclear deal cannot obscure the U.S. role in strengthening Iran.