The countdown has begun for the unveiling of US President Donald Trump’s promised “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians, one that aims to close the chapter on the decades-old conflict. For the Palestinians, initial signs point to a dismal start.
November 22, 2017
It was not the long awaited face-to-face meeting that the world was expecting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Vietnam last weekend.
November 15, 2017
Time is running out fast for Daesh, the terrorist group that first appeared in late 2013 and within months was able to claim vast swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territories on which it proclaimed its so-called caliphate.
November 07, 2017
It would be naive to believe that the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will not hurt the Paris-based UN body.
October 18, 2017
Turkey is about to sink deeper into the Syrian quagmire as it launches a risky campaign to take over the rebellious northwestern province of Idlib — a hotbed for radical fighters and a momentary refuge for tens of thousands of hapless civilians, many of whom fled when Aleppo was finally and bruta
October 11, 2017
A bit of history will be made this week, when King Salman arrives in Moscow on a four-day official visit — the first by a Saudi monarch in almost a century of diplomatic relations.
October 03, 2017
Amid tensions around next Monday’s proposed independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Israel’s support for a Kurdish state added a dangerous twist to an already volatile situation.
September 19, 2017
An Israeli airstrike last Thursday near Hama in western Syria was the biggest since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. The Assad regime says the target was a scientific research facility. Israel says it was a missile production plant used by Iran to develop chemical weapons for Hezbollah.
September 13, 2017
In the past two years, Russia has become a key player in Middle East affairs. Syria has given it that opportunity at a time when the US is in the mid of a visible and deliberate recoil from a region that was historically a main stage of its foreign policy.
September 05, 2017
Jordan and Syria could soon be opening a new chapter in relations, following an indirect exchange of positive remarks by officials in both countries. Butheina Shaaban, special adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, last week said relations with Jordan are destined to improve.
August 30, 2017