Hugely divisive and controversial at home, Avigdor Lieberman is both an outspoken hawk and a political opportunist.
Israel's prime minister failed to undermine the validity of Iran's nuclear deal, and instead ended up demonstrating just how important it is.
Despite all claims to secular egalitarianism, the Assad family's decades of rule have been brutally elitist.
With Iran and India on manoeuvres and the war in Yemen still unfolding, Pakistan's stakes in the Middle East are as high as ever.
The events of summer 2011 proved that Israel incubates the same sort of socio-economic discontent that upended the wider Middle East.
The nationwide anti-government protests in Iran could have significant implications in Syria and beyond.
The city is key to both Israeli and Palestinian identity.
When is an anti-corruption purge not an anti-corruption purge?
The latest arrests of princes, ministers and military officials in Saudi Arabia might be in the name of anti-corruption but it also serves to bolster the Saudi royal family's power.
Survey data shows that Iraqis of all sectarian stripes agree on what's wrong with their country.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
We asked an expert on diplomacy and foreign policy.
Gulf countries have a history of using migrants' rights as a tool in their geopolitical strategy.
Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
Demographic changes have made the idea of a two-state solution obsolete. The Israeli population is becoming more religious and more conservative. That makes the army more difficult to command.
Downing of the Russian Metrojet airliner shows how a hitherto little-known terror group and its Islamic State parent may be adapting their tactics.
Syrian refugees have key assets and life stories that can contribute to the long, but necessary, struggle to end violence in the Middle East.
Estimates of how much of Iran's frozen assets it will get once sanctions are lifted vary widely, but the sum is most likely just a fraction of the total.
The West has stood by and watched as democracy was stifled in Egypt. It will reap the whirlwind.
Iran is celebrating this historic deal – along with the rest of the world. But Iran's religious leader can still throw a spanner in the works.