Bombastic statements and indeed occasional, limited military action to support them have prevented war in Lebanon for a decade, even as the region has imploded. How long such “rules of the game” will deter the next war is anyone’s guess.
Whenever power is contested in a country—any country—the political fight over who will ascend to the helm provides opportunities for foreign powers to intervene, and in some cases, influence the outcome of the political process.
Al-Qaeda’s central leadership is growing increasingly exasperated at its former Syrian affiliate and is now actively seeking to build a rival movement more loyal to al-Qaeda’s transnational brand and strategic vision.
The three questions that need to be answered to clear up the murky relationship between Iran and the Taliban are: why the change in Iran’s policy; when did this policy change occur; and what is the level of support afforded to the Taliban?
To prevent the Turkey-U.S. alliance from sliding into the abyss, Trump has to offer Erdogan something. He might not accommodate Turkey’s demands on the Y.P.G., Fethullah Gulen or Reza Zarrab, but there are things that he can do to mitigate some of Ankara’s concerns.
At times, the usually reserved Jordanian diplomacy was taken off-guard, forced to recalibrate, and even walk back on certain positions as the country tries coping with Trump’s sudden swerves on Syria, Israel-Palestine, and the war on ISIS.
This essay discusses India's increasingly extensive relations with the Gulf Arab countries and its equally important interest in continuing to develop mutually beneficial ties with Iran. The author argues that as India’s regional profile rises and its economic prowess expands, New Delhi will come under pressure to take sides — pressure to which Indian leaders must try their utmost not to succumb.