Foreign Relations

  • Foreign relations between countries both within the MENA region and outside of it often take the form of regional cooperation councils such as the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Arab Maghreb Union.

  • Article // Jun 24, 2014
    Alex Vatanka
    The swift and violent rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to rattle the cages of power in Tehran. Overnight, Iran’s ally in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, is suddenly fighting for his political life and the country of Iraq, which he had largely inherited from the Americans. Maliki has been a solid friend of Iran, but rapidly shifting realities inside Iraq can turn him into an expendable ally, making him more into a liability than an asset.