The rise of Islamic State and its declaration of the caliphate can be read as part of a wider story that has unfolded since the formation of modern nation states in the Muslim world.
Every time Iran has an election, its minority groups are suddenly the centre of attention – and then they're quickly forgotten again.
Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
The openness of the Internet gives an advantage to attackers – but what constitutes an act of war in the electronic world?
Geopolitics – from the US to Syria to Iran – are at the heart of Saudi Arabia and Russia's decision to freeze oil production at January levels.
Russia and Iran have always treated each other well when it suits them, but in hard times, their relationship can get very rocky indeed.
How can the international community be sure Iran is living up to its end of the new nuclear deal?
"Bibi" spits on the very notion that one can deal with Iran, but now one's been done, he's milking it for all it's worth.
The sanctions are being lifted, the economy is opening up – and Tehran's conservatives are furious.
With parliamentary elections around the corner, Iran's deep political conflicts are suddenly on full display.
The world's biggest powers have too much invested in bringing Iran in from the cold to let Saudi Arabia create chaos.
The war of words between the Gulf's two biggest powers is hotting up, but they've been at loggerheads for decades.
The executions on the weekend are notable for the sheer number of people killed. However, they maintain a policy of political crackdown that was reinvigorated in Saudi Arabia during the Arab Spring.
Syria and IS may have dominated the news this year, but the Middle East has plenty of other problems on its hands.
When is a coalition not a coalition? When you don't tell the founding members they're in it.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?
John Kerry and 20 diplomats came together Saturday to seek a way toward peace in Syria. A former Indian ambassador to Syria believes good progress was made.
Moscow's mixed messages on the future of the Syrian president is fuelling speculation that it might be preparing to desert its long-term ally.
Laden with animals, conspiracy theories and apocalyptic visions, Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya's poetry reflects how many Arabs – urban and rural, rich and poor – view the world.
With Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the US all at the table, Russia's benighted Syria plan may at last have a chance of success.