• A Rising Star in the Middle East: Vladimir Putin

  • Iraq: Who Will Inherit ISIL? Al-Qaeda Re-emerges and the Peshmerga Fight Baghdad

  • The Future of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria

  • Will P5+1 Survive US Presidential Elections?

A Rising Star in the Middle East: Vladimir Putin

A Rising Star in the Middle East: Vladimir Putin

Just three or four years ago, no one was talking seriously about a role for Russia in the Middle East. It is indeed amazing how Vladimir Putin, with minimum investment, has achieved all this in such a short time. He ...

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Iraq: Who Will Inherit ISIL? Al-Qaeda Re-emerges and the Peshmerga Fight Baghdad

Iraq: Who Will Inherit ISIL? Al-Qaeda Re-emerges and the Peshmerga Fight Baghdad

Two important developments are underway now in Iraq and deserve our consideration. The first is the dispute between Baghdad and Erbil on the issue of withdrawing Peshmerga forces from areas captured by the Kurdish troops from ISIL. The second is ...

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The Future of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria

The Future of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria

Jabhat al-Nusra, or JAN, is many things at the same time. It includes nationalists, nationalist-Islamists, Islamists, Syrians, non-Syrians, elements who reject global terrorism, global terrorists, hardliners, relative moderates, and many other ideological strains. The cement holding this organization together is ...

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Will P5+1 Survive US Presidential Elections?

Will P5+1 Survive US Presidential Elections?

In its final weeks in session before taking the summer recess, the US House of Representatives passed five measures aimed at blocking Iran from access to major economic deals. While the House actions will require parallel Senate laws, and then the ...

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