The murder of the Wadi Barada mediator shows that the armed opposition’s regional sponsors will stop at nothing to hinder any peace deals
Ten years after his execution, even enemies of the former Iraqi leader concede that the country and region are worse off without him.
The PA is right to threaten to withdraw recognition of Israel if the US embassy moves to Jerusalem. If only it could be believed.
2016 was a bad year for Saudi Arabia and its partners, and 2017 will be worse if they do not change political course both at home and in the region
Given the region’s changing power dynamics, it is unwise for Jordan to try to woo the Saudis by striking an anti-Iran posture
The group is activating its sleeper cells abroad in anticipation of the eventual fall of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria
The Russian-sponsored truce is more promising than all previous ones, unless the US and its Arab allies choose to sabotage it.
The reality on the ground has changed, and unless the Saudis make concessions there won’t be a political settlement in the foreseeable future
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.