If the Russian ambassador’s assassination was a protest against Turkey’s rapprochement with his country it is likely to back-fire
Jordan is well equipped to cope with the security fallout of the chaos surrounding it. The bigger threat to its stability may be domestic.
Victory in Aleppo is a big boost for the regime, but won’t bring an end to the war nearer without a political solution
Nobody has been reported killed more often than the leader of the Islamic State (IS). But even if he were, it wouldn’t make that much difference.
Fateh’s 7th Congress shows how far the movement has sunk — reduced to choosing between two disastrous options: Abbas or Dahlan.
First in Iraq, then over Syria, the Turkish president has had to back down from his bombastic statements
The new Saudi formula for Gulf ‘integration’ seems aimed at excluding dissident Oman and reaching out to non-Gulf monarchies Morocco and Jordan.
The Egyptian-Saudi quarrel is about regional leadership, self-image, and national pride as much as territory, oil and money. This makes it doubly difficult to resolve.
The Syrian airforce wouldn’t have targeted invading Turkish troops without Russian approval. Erdoğan would end up the loser if he retaliates.
Riyadh has been courting the new president in the hope of luring him away from Hizbullah, while re-embracing Hariri as their principalprotégé.