"When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory. As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon," writes Aaron David Miller.
In what was a surprise to most, Turkey’s elections resulted in a decisive win for the ruling party.
The Wilson Center is pleased to announce that Ambassador Ryan Crocker has joined the Center as a non-resident Distinguished Fellow from November 2015 to November 2016. Ambassador Crocker’s work will focus on U.S. policy in the Middle East and include public and private presentations.
"A rethinking of U.S. policy in Syria may yet come. Right now, the downing of this Russian jet feels less like a transformative event and more like another twist in the long war against jihadi terrorism–and a reminder that, 14 years after 9/11, terrorist threats to commercial aviation remain real and terrifying," writes Aaron David Miller.
Fresh off his party’s stunning election victory, will Erdogan get in the way of U.S. plans, or work with Washington toward a grand bargain on Syria and Iraq?
Iran’s invitation to join this week’s international talks about Syria’s future underscores Tehran’s success turning itself into a major regional player.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad surprised the world on Tuesday with an unannounced meeting in Moscow. Here are five takeaways from the visit.
Humanitarian “safe zones” are a great idea in theory. But they’re a bad, dangerous idea in the context of the Syrian civil war.
How the Obama administration should deal with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from clear. But it is clear that these four things are not helping Mr. Kerry or the situation.
Now that Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been convicted in Iran, what can we expect regarding his possible release or continued incarceration? Middle East Program Public Policy Fellow, Haleh Esfandiari provides analysis.