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Erdogan’s Foreign Policy Is in Ruins

Feb 05, 2016
Just a few short years ago, Turkey was heralded as one of the region's rising powers. What happened?

MENA Women News Brief

Feb 04, 2016
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-weekly basis.

Missing From Geneva Talks: A Process That Could Lead to Peace in Syria

Feb 03, 2016
Peace conferences are usually good for two things: starting a credible process or ending one. What’s happening in Geneva, ostensibly aimed at stopping the conflict in Syria, lacks sufficient buy-in from key parties to produce either result writes Aaron David Miller.

A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Jan 27, 2016
Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants.

US Hostages Released From Iran

Jan 19, 2016
Haleh Esfandiari, a former political prisoner herself, talks about Iran’s release of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other Americans as part of a prisoner swap with the US.

Deciphering Iran’s Prisoner Swap and Broader Communication

Jan 17, 2016
The prisoner exchange appears to be another sign that President Hassan Rouhani’s more moderate approach to foreign policy is meeting with some success, writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Release of U.S. Sailors Is a Win for Rouhani and Iran’s Moderates

Jan 14, 2016
The prompt release of the 10 U.S. Navy personnel captured Tuesday by Iran’s military shows that, finally, more sensible counsels are prevailing in Tehran, write Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak.

Saudi Arabia and Iran's Forever Fight

Jan 13, 2016
"The Saudi-Iranian cold war is going to be one of the defining features of the new Middle East. Here’s why," write Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.

Iran-Saudi Arabia Tensions Flare

Jan 05, 2016
As tensions flare between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Middle East Program Fellow David Ottaway provides perspective on the troubled relationship and its impact on the region.

Fallout From Saudi Cleric’s Execution Underscores Mideast Challenges

Jan 03, 2016
It would be irrational to conclude that U.S. actions and inactions hadn’t contributed to the messes in the Middle East. But the region’s challenges are rooted in internal, religious, and sectarian problems that are not amenable or conducive to U.S. military power or political persuasion; and they are spread among allies who have their own needs and agendas. Three recent events underscore this.

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