Decade after decade, the Islamic Republic of Iran has experienced regular explosions of popular anger: Mass student protests in 1999, the Green Movement in 2009 — and now 2018. How do these latest protests differ from what came before?
January 08, 2018
For those who care passionately about world events, there hasn’t been much to feel optimistic about throughout 2017.
January 01, 2018
There has been a deluge of media pressure urging Western leaders to distance themselves from the Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s operations in Yemen.
December 25, 2017
“If we didn’t speak to Iraqi politicians with blood on their hands, we’d have nobody to talk to,” one Baghdad-based diplomat recently explained to me.
December 17, 2017
Ignore the ridiculous platitudes about peace and unity in Donald Trump’s Jerusalem speech, his decision perhaps permanently wrecks Trump’s own stated ambition of a grand peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
December 11, 2017
With around 3 million people (mostly Sunnis) displaced by ongoing instability across the central provinces of Iraq, there has never been a better opportunity for a power-grab by Iran-backed sectarian forces via parliamentary and provincial elections early next year.
December 04, 2017
During Saad Hariri’s speech to his boisterous and adoring supporters last week, my ears pricked up at one word: “Urubah” (“defending the Arab character of Lebanon”). With a single word, he gave voice to a pressing concern for so many people: What is happening to the region’s Arab identity?
November 26, 2017
We witnessed the blood-chilling spectacle last week of 60,000 far-right activists marching in the Polish capital.
November 20, 2017
What a difference a few months make. Back in the summer when I mentioned having second thoughts about visiting Beirut, Prime Minister Saad Hariri insisted that I come, stressing that the security situation was good.
November 13, 2017
Donald Trump rose to power upon promises of abandoning foreign entanglements and putting “America First.” One state in particular is aggressively capitalizing on introverted Western nations becoming less focused on events beyond their borders.
November 06, 2017