Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.
Iraq is an important country to watch in 2017, as a source of instability in the Middle East since the 2003 invasion. Iraq…
A supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a flag before Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Turkey tops the list of countries to watch in the Middle East. Surprising shifts in domestic and foreign Turkish policy will have an important influence on the web of complex developments in the entire…
Some of the global pressure points in 2017. Below is the analysis of each country, grouped by region.
As countries around the world deal with internal and international crises, the potential for faultlines to open is high.
Rapid response teams cross farmland in the battle to regain Mosul.
Even when ISIS is defeated, unless different groups can repair their relationship, violent extremism will remain, and peace in Iraq will stay elusive.
Iraqi forces patrol the Mosul-Baghdad road.
A victory in its second-biggest city would be a spectacular turnaround, but the country still has years or even decades of rebuilding ahead of it.
The official Angolan broadcaster, or Emissora Oficial de Angola, under construction between 1963-67.
Fernão Simões de Carvalho
Portugal used radio propaganda in its colonies in the 1960s against local liberation movements. Decades later there are still lessons to be learned for occupying armies from their failed strategies.
Getting on with it.
Could the Iraqi army's banner offensive against IS tear it apart?
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.
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.
German stock market after US election, November 9, 2016.
The fall of the Berlin wall was supposed to usher in ‘the end of history’, an eternal age of capitalist economics and liberal-democratic politics. It hasn’t turned out that way.
Christmas in Mosul.
Mesopotamia is known as the 'Cradle of Civilization'. We must not let it continue to be a cradle for genocide and terrorism.
Mosul is one of many war-torn cities in the middle East.
In the Middle East, there will be no easy choices for the incoming Trump administration - and a wild ride is likely to continue.
Initially heralded as the beginning of the end for IS, the effort to take back Iraq's second city is flailing.
Iraqi officials at the site of a suspected mass grave south of Mosul in November 2016.
When mass graves are disturbed, it makes it harder to find out the truth about what happened.
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.
Syrian Arab Red Crescent assisted families in Homs, Syria in September.
The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East is getting worse by the day. A survey of aid workers provides a glimpse into life on the ground, and clues to why the humanitarian sector is ailing.
Tracking the long and complex journey of refugees and migrants.
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Many migrants would have stopped before they reached Europe – if only there had been the opportunities.
Iraqi special forces soldier advancing toward Mosul, Iraq.
AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
What happens to the Islamic State if it loses the battle for territory in Iraq and Syria? Here's a list of ways it might go down.
Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul.
The costly reconquest of the city will not significantly impact the group's transnational strategy
The effort to take back IS's biggest prize in Iraq has begun at last. But there's no shortage of other problems to deal with.