The future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reign lies with Vladimir Putin’s obstinacy and ability to withstand US pressure.
To understand the complexities of the conflict in Syria and what might happen next, it helps to untangle the three layers of strife in the war-torn country.
Armed forces in Iraq, January 2017.
New research from a multidisciplinary teams of scholars suggests military alliances tie nations together in ways that are not always immediately obvious.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 8 2016.
The latest in a series of meetings will see the two countries sign a number of agreements on political and economic matters.
The individual most directly responsible for a colossal humanitarian crisis is still in power – and might be for some time.
Tokyo turns out for its returning athletes after the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Since the 1970s, several Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, have strongly increased their influence in the Olympic movement.
Men watch the TV news in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 6, 2017.
AP Photo/Hadi Mizban
The revised ban allows entry to citizens of Iraq, but continues to block citizens of six other Muslim majority nations.
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir will likely intensify the Washington charm offensive and continue to stress Saudi Arabia’s indispensability to regional security and terrorism matters.
This year will continue to be a period of great uncertainty in Saudi Arabia. After a deterioration of relations with the United States under President Obama, the kingdom will be focused on strengthening…
Is Putin the new power broker in the Middle East?
Russia has managed to regain, at least in part, its role as a powerful interlocutor in the Middle East, which it lost after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Taraneh Alidousti and Shahab Hosseini in Iran’s The Salesman.
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Director Asghar Farhadi wins the award for best screenplay at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Their critiques may be more gentle, their attacks more circumspect – but they are resonant nonetheless. And when filmmakers like Farhadi confront Trump, they're on familiar turf: They've seen his type back home.
A Turkish soldier watches the border line between Turkey and Syria near the southeastern village of Besarslan, in Hatay province, Turkey.
Caught out by the side effects of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating relations with the EU and the US, Turkey now appears to be in search of South-South cooperation.
Demonstrators outside Terminal 5 of Chicago’s O'Hare airport on Jan. 29, 2017.
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
A constitutional scholar considers the legal arguments that could undo Trump's executive order barring travel by residents of seven Muslim majority countries.
Anger at Trump’s immigration controls continues to spread.
Trump has pointed the finger at Obama for creating the list of seven countries in his new travel ban.
Syrian children remove rubble Aleppo, Syria.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
This roundup from our archives explains some of the major conflicts unfolding in the seven countries singled out by Trump's executive order.
More than five years into a catastrophic, multi-sided war of attrition, a new order for Syria is coming into view.
Hard feelings in Tehran.
What the Obama administration achieved with Iran deserves great credit. But can it endure?
The new triumvirate leading the way on Syria has deep roots.
Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara.
Despite the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Turkey, Ankara is part of a new ad-hoc coalition with Moscow and Tehran in the MiddleEast.
Before regime forces reclaimed east Aleppo, it was the last major civilian centre still controlled by the insurgency.
The Assad regime's takeover of Aleppo is a major strategic and psychological blow for the Syrian opposition.
A vendor sells newspapers with the Arabic headline ‘Trump era’ in Cairo, Egypt on Nov. 10, 2016.
AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Could the president-elect and his secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson adopt useful policies in the Middle East? A scholar sees some hopeful possibilities.