Arthur James Balfour.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema via Wikimedia Commons
With just 67 words, a British foreign secretary kicked off a hundred years of conflict and displacement.
An insight into Iranian media and public opinion in the aftermath of Donald Trump's speech decertifying the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal.
Read it and weep: the constitution in draft form, 2005.
A decade and a half after it was invaded in the name of spreading democracy, Iraq turns out to have been set up to fail.
Kuwait does not want to experience another financial crisis.
Kuwait has first-hand experience of how financial and political shocks can stifle investor confidence in the entire region.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Oct. 5, 2017.
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
When it comes to foreign policy, Saudi Arabia has recently become far more aggressive. A historian of the modern Middle East sees three possible causes for the shift.
Donald Trump’s justification for decertifying the Iran nuclear deal stems from his view that Iran is violating the deal’s spirit.
Aside from vague threats of violence and suggestions he could 'renegotiate' the Iran nuclear agreement, Donald Trump has provided little in the way of coherent or viable policy options.
A relief at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis (now in modern Iran), including inscriptions in cuneiform, the world’s oldest form of writing.
Cuneiform was used for over 3,000 years in the Ancient Near East, but was only decoded in the 19th century. The writing form is still revealing amazing stories, from literature to mathematics.
They see me rollin’.
Saudi Arabia is in deep trouble on various fronts, so an international PR coup surely can't hurt.
It seems almost inevitable Iraqi Kurdistan will separate from the rest of Iraq – but going it alone will be hugely difficult.
An Egyptian farmer tries to irrigate his land with water from a well.
Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
Modern desalination plant on the shores of the Arabian Gulf where the most desalinated water is produced.
Desalination has been proposed as one of many strategies to deal with the water shortages. But the process is known to be expensive and harmful to the environment.
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State.
The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
What caused the latest crisis at the world's most explosive piece of real estate, and could it happen again?
The international law on arms transfers is clear: suppliers are at least partly accountable for recipients' human rights violations.
Survey data shows that Iraqis of all sectarian stripes agree on what's wrong with their country.
One of Israel's most controversial leaders, Benjamin Netanyahu is making the most of a chance to fly under the radar.
The Al Jazeera Media Network headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
When the network launched in 1996, it radically changed the media landscape of the Arab world. Two decades later, some regimes are still seething.
The deal will give a much-needed boost to Iran's economy and lend important support to Rouhani's government.
Vexed argument in the Labor Party about relations with Israel is set to come to a head at the conference later this month of the party’s dominant New South Wales branch. Barring the successful intervention…
US-backed forces in Iraq and in Syria are in the process of rooting Islamic State (IS) fighters out of their strongholds in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. In the case of Mosul in Iraq, the removal of…